"I’ve wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. I started drawing around the age of 2, so my family was not surprised when I announced that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. My father, the late Ron Lockhart was a very accomplished artist and I watched him paint and draw constantly growing up.
My parents enrolled me in many art classes as a child but since I was advanced for my age, I had to rely on adult classes for instruction. At the age of 12, I drew my first nude, an experience I’ll never forget and is to this day one of my favourite drawing practices.
I graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985 majoring in graphic design. I studied drawing, design and art communication along with black and white photography. During my 3rd year I won the Southham Scholarship for Excellence in Design.
After graduation I was hired by the Toronto company Typsettra where I worked as a typesetter. Later the next year, I moved to MCG Graphics which was a close knit in-house studio of Ogilvy and Mather advertising in Toronto. Starting out as a rookie, I worked my way up to Designer and Art Director for clients such as CP Hotels.
After 5 years I decided to leave advertising and stay home with my 3 children. For the next 10 years I concentrated entirely on my family. During that time I became an avid gardener and when I started to paint, it became one of my greatest sources of inspiration.
I am self taught using many art books, art magazines and galleries and more recently I’ve started to attend art workshops. I paint in oils as I love the thick juicy colours, the ease in which I can overlay them and that they are very forgiving.
My paintings capture the brilliant colours of flowers and landscapes. I’m inspired by the beauty of my own gardens and the magnificent landscapes throughout Ontario.