Many times when people learn that Daphne lived in the Bahamas as a young teenager they wonder how did she ever end up living in the Yukon Territory. It was there in the Bahamas, and her spell in Wales going to college, that she discovered she missed the bigness of Canada. Even though at that point she had not spent much time outside of large cities, there was obviously a call on her to explore and discover Canada’s wild spaces. After moving briefly to Banff Alberta, a love of watching the weather change on the back screen of mountains became an irresistible part of her day. If it had not been answering another call to be involved in an alternative community high school that was operating in the ’70’s in Carcross, she would likely still be in Banff. Luckily there are mountains in the Yukon galore and even more wonderful wild places, and long lingering sunsets and sunrises. There is lots to keep an artist engaged with a continuous supply of new vistas and ideas.
Ever since Daphne was very young she enjoyed discovering new mediums and new ways to express herself creatively. Starting probably with finger-painting, (an early favorite,) both hands were in the muck and she was gloriously happy. Now, many mediums further along, she still perks up with engaged interest when she sees something new she hasn’t tried. Although she is mostly working with paints in her studio, she loves to diverge into other disciplines from time to time. She believes this is what keeps her work fresh and alive, and that is the bottom line for her.
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