As a hobby painter for over four decades, Arlene takes her inspiration from the natural world around her. Since her early days, she has enjoyed traveling and quickly developed a deep love for the magnificent landscapes and seasonal beauty she saw. Traveling the world and experiencing new places continues to be an interest but the flora, fauna and vistas of Alberta always will have a special place in her heart. Arlene began painting in oils under the tutelage of John Hanley and continued to develop her expertise with various other instructors. In later years she expanded her endeavors to watercolors which she continues to study. Arlene attended the University of Alberta obtaining a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education degrees. She was employed with the Edmonton Public School Board for 35 years, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. She enjoys sharing her love of painting with her family and friends. Arlene lives in Edmonton with her husband, Nigel, who is an avid photographer.