Born in Yarmouth, N.S., Tootsie began painting in 1989. As a self-taught artist, she has taken workshops with many international artists and has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibits.
Tootsie has created murals for the Nova Scotia Community College in Yarmouth and the Pembroke Community Hall, and has contributed artwork to a number of local fundraisers. In 2008, Tootsie received the Provincial Volunteer Award for her donated artwork.
Tootsie paints from her home studio-gallery, where her work may be viewed by chance or by appointment. Presently Tootsie is hosting “Painting Parties”.
When it comes to inspiration, there is no place like “home”: the landscapes rich in colour and texture, the rugged beauty of our coastlines, and love of historical buildings, reminiscent of an earlier time.
The ability to understand composition, colour, etc. are very important, but more important to me is the motivation to create a painting. I would like to see people slow down and take a look at how beautiful the world is.