When I was in grade 1, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office with a note for my parents.

I didn’t know what I had done – but I was sure I was in tremendous crap.

The principal signed something, added a page to the envelope and told me to give it too my parents when I got home from school.

I did.

It turns out that I had been recommended for Saturday Morning Art Classes. My teacher thought I was naturally gifted and would benefit from additional instruction.

I studied for 10 years and went on for 9 years with the Art in the Country program. I’ve been involved in art and art education since that time – since 1979.

My training

Curry’s Artists’ Materials – 17 years

  • immersed in art materials, supplies and techniques 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 17 years
  • received product & skill lessons from experts & manufacturers in the field: M. Graham, Rheni Tauchid from Tri-Art, Doug Purdon from Winsor & Newton, Susan Rostow the inventor of Akua Inks with Speedball, Pebeo, Golden, Liquitex and Michael Harding from Michael Harding oils
  • created professional development for teachers; support, encouragement, workshops and techniques for bringing more art into the classroom


How this helps you:

I probably know more about artist materials than anyone else in your life.

17 years of solving artists’ technical questions and providing solutions has made me really good at knowing how and teaching how to handle your supplies to the best result.

I’ve used almost every product in the store and can offer up a variety of options to get the results you’re looking for.

I’ve been teaching art since I was 16 years old – through the Toronto Parks & Recreation, the TDSB (Toronto District School Board), the Varley Gallery in Unionville and for 8 years at Curry’s.

One of my greatest joys is to share what I know and see students thrive and grow beyond me.