In my workshops you can expect a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Students of all levels are welcome — if you’re a beginner, you’ll learn as much from watching the people around you as from me. If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of acrylics, develop a more creative, spontaneous approach or just reinvigorate your practice, these workshops will meet your needs. I’ll do some brief demonstrations to show you how I use layering and acrylic mediums and I’ll show you slides of other artists’ work to stir your imagination. Most of the time you’ll be painting while I move around the room making sure everyone gets the individual attention they need. We’ll end with a group critique where you’ll learn to assess your own work in progress and decide what to do next when you’re working on a painting.

Upcoming Workshops:

Abstracting the Landscape in Acrylics

Learn to simplify a scene to create an abstract landscape on canvas. The emphasis will be on a free and expressive approach, taking inspiration from the abstract landscapes of contemporary artists. You may work from photos, sketches or your imagination. We’ll work in layers, using colour and a variety of acrylic mediums to create vibrant, textured underpaintings.  We’ll overlay these with layers of opaque colour and transparent glazes to bring our abstract landscapes to life. I will provide daily demonstrations and lots of individual attention. Artists of all levels are welcome. 

Gananoque, Friday May 24 – Saturday May 25, 2019

Grace United Church Hall, 160 Pine St., Gananoque. Hosted by the Visual Artists of Gananoque and Area (VAGA). Registration fee: $180. To register contact Carolyn Huff-Winters, 613-389-4438,

Haliburton School of Art and Design, August 5-9, 2019

Fleming College, Haliburton. Register online at

Big Canvas

This workshop is about painting BIG. Scaling up is a challenge but can also be the key to unleashing your talent and creativity. On a big canvas, there’s just a lot more room for interesting things to happen. Artists of all levels are welcome.

Skyline Farm in Dunrobin, Ontario, June 22-23, 2019 

We’ll be working in an open-air roofed riding arena with horses nearby for company. Lots of room to spread out, move freely and make a mess! 

Early bird fee: $200 + HST. After March 1, 2019: $225 + HST (unless on the waiting list). Max. of 15 participants.

For information or to register contact Nonie Smart at or (613) 832-8071. 

North Fredericksburg Hall, Napanee, September 11-12, 2019

For information or to register contact Gerry Hogaboam of the Greater Napanee and Area Arts Association,