My first vivid memory of painting occurred when I was 10 years old. On Saturday mornings I rode the streetcar, by myself, from Kerrisdale to the Vancouver Art Gallery then at the 1100 block Georgia Street. Tarpaulins had been spread around the perimeter of the galleries. Using paper, poster paints, and crayons we made our own art while surrounded by ‘old masters’. I don’t remember the name of our teacher but I can see him in my mind’s eye: tall, with a greying, bald head and bounding energy.

Alannah working

After graduating high school, I earned a scholarship to attend the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design), majoring in Painting and Print-making. Later I earned a Bachelor of Education from University of B. C. I taught school for several years, worked in libraries, did costume design for theatre and masquerade, studied Fibre arts at Capilano College in the 1970s and Interior Design at BCIT in the 1980s.

Now that I am retired, I am free to devote my energy to painting, gardening.

I have shown my work in Vancouver, Richmond, New Denver, B.C. and Coquitlam.

My paintings are owned by people in Victoria, Vancouver, Ontario and Britain.

Recent shows include:

“Shaped by the past” – a group show at Place des Arts, Maillardville, B.C.
Libby’s café
G & F Financial Group – Main Street
The GRIND with Susan Pearson
Creative framing, Main St. – ‘Under the earth’
Basic Inquiry – Member’s show
The Drift – Art on Main Street, Vancouver
Drift 2006 poster design
The Drift – Art on Main Street, Vancouver
Van Dusen Garden – Art in the garden
Women’s Work 2005, Burnaby – a juried group show
“After the bath”
Flower factory – “Sunflowers”
The Drift – Art on Main Street, Vancouver
Garden Gallery, New Denver, B.C.
a two-person show with Tsuneko Kokubo
Culture Crawl, Vancouver – a group show