At the end of a 14-day quarantine after rushing back from Mexico in March 2020, I was eager to go back to my studio. I was able to work safely thanks to the large space I have to myself. But life at Complexe Canal Lachine was quiet without meeting fellow artists in the restaurant downstairs or enjoying short chats at the fountain. This is about the time I discovered artist Gillian Lee Smith browsing portrait photos online. I was immediately attracted to her unique expression and mark making and enthused by the online workshops she offered. I first booked Drawn to Expression followed by Portrait, Your Art, Your Way, two four-week programs.
I then jumped on the occasion to be counted as one of the lucky ones to embark on her 9-month long program Building a Body of Work, a decision that changed my life as an artist.