Rainbow Over Turner Valley

Somewhere over the Rainbow Way Up High There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the Rainbow Skies are Blue and the Dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. Someday I’ll wish on a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me. Where troubles melt like lemon drops high above the chimney tops that’s where you will find me.

Somewhere over the Rainbow Blue Birds fly. Birds fly over the Rainbow Why then oh why can’t I?

Thanks to Judy Garland who I grew up listening to I have a song in my heart that has become my Mantra to live by. This is a story of my journey.

I have been painting since I was 6 when my Mother gave me a Paint By Numbers Set for Christmas. I became hooked on Oil Painting and had a dream of someday becoming a known Artist. I am now a 77 yr old Senior with Diabetes which is impairing my Vision. Through the years painting became a passion and my Happy Go To Place when I wanted to escape the stress of everyday living. It transported me to a new dimension when I put my emotions onto canvas and painted images from memory of places ,things I lived and loved in my Heart. My style has changed as my vision changed into impressionistic with a touch of reality which is how I see the world through my failing eyes. Thanks to an excellent teacher Vivian Wiebe at the Sheep Creek Arts Council who introduced me to Acrylics and wonderful Medical intervention by my eye Doctor I have been able to pursue that dream of my childhood. I am one step closer to realizing that goal after the Millarville Fair blessed 4 of my paintings with ribbons. I have also branched out with cards & calendars from which I recently received a commission for a special lady from one of my cards of the Waterton Wildflowers bought at my show in Black Diamond in July

Toad in a Tulip won a 1rst in the Humorous Class. Daisy in a Snail Shell won a 2nd in the Still Life Class. These were both inspirations given to me by Helmut to paint as he thought they would be good subjects. He was so right. Electric Ave won a 2nd & Daimler Dash a 3rd in the Architecture & Automotive Category. Feels so good to be living the dream after 3 successful showings & sales this Summer at Discovery Days in Turner Valley, Canada Day at Black Diamond and last but not least the Grand Finale at the Millarville Fair.

Dreams can come true if you believe in yourself and strive for a goal while reaching for the stars. I thank my Creator for a God given talent which enables me to bring the joy of beauty into lives through my Art.

I will be having a Silent Auction at the United Church in the Valley’s Thanksgiving Dinner sometime in October with several other local artists.. Love to see you there.


First& second ribbon winners:


Second * 3rdSecond & Third Second


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