Gwen is passionate about the benefits and joys of art-making—for social-recreational purposes—aka learning, skill-building and fun!, for self-discovery, creative self-expression and problem solving, and particularly for how multi-modal expressive arts are used to foster well-being, creative renewal, and improved mental health. Gwen has created several bodies of work, ranging from intricate mandalas to acrylics on canvas using heavy impasto techniques, to works that are more transparent and poured onto crisp white backgrounds, to pencil portraits of people and pets – a testament to her versatility as an artist. She has also fallen head over heels in love with creating vibrant, large-scale abstract watercolours with a lyrical approach. These award-winning watercolours have been selected for juried exhibitions and displayed in all sorts of interesting locations – libraries, theatres, restaurants, galleries, and corporate environments, and several are now in private collections.
Gwen has a diploma in Design Arts and a post-graduate certificate in Expressive Arts from the Haliburton School of the Arts/Fleming College. Gwen is also a certified life coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation, trained as a mental health peer recovery educator and as a constructivist counsellor. Gwen is a member of the Art Guild of Scarborough, Arts Health Canada Network, and an AEAP-member of the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association.