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Dale and her family live in Gravenhurst, Ontario and have a strong connection to Muskoka both through cottaging and family history. She has been painting and exhibiting in the area since moving there permanently in 1987. 

Each folk-style painting begins with an idea that sparks her imagination and leads to the creation of a scene that is vibrant with people, activity and colour. Sometimes just a small sketch done on a paper napkin in a restaurant can develop into a large scale work. Dale loves to travel and visits to both the east and west coasts of Canada have been remembered in acrylic on canvas.

Dale is an award-winning member of Muskoka Arts and Crafts. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections in North America and abroad, including work for several national children’s charities and the historic Gravenhurst Opera House.  One of her most recent works was selected to represent Habitat for Humanity in Muskoka with proceeds of limited edition print sales supporting Habitat builds in the Muskoka area. She continues to develop and refine her own whimsical style which lends itself to capturing the spirit of life and times both old and new.



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