“Libby, who grew up in the big city of Montreal, prefers the tranquility of the country life. Many of her works reflect her love of nature, the changing seasons, the people who inhabit the land and the animals that dwell peacefully alongside. Libby started her career in art as a potter. She began to take an interest in visual art and decided to return to school to study fine arts. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. She has only started doing her art seriously after retiring from Upper Canada Village after twenty-two years. Her favourite medium is pastel, which has a wide range of brilliant colours that can be mixed and blended right on the paper. She also employs watercolour, pen & ink and acrylic. Recently, she dabbles in Batik (an ancient method of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed) and mixed media. Her least favourite medium is oil, because she has no patience to sit and watch the paint dry.
Libby enjoys painting outdoors and tries to capture the dignity and resilience of country folk. Farm animals and pets often find their way into her paintings. As a retired employee from Upper Canada Village, she often returns and finds inspiration abounds. Her paintings are calming and pastoral with a sense of whimsy. Libby claims that her favorite painting is the one of the south end of sheep heading north because it makes people laugh.”