About Me

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Born in London, Ontario, Timms, an army brat, moved around Canada until settling in Vancouver, BC, then finally on Texada Island in the northern Gulf Islands. For more than thirty years, Timms has been perfecting her ability to draw and paint. Workshops and seminars with great painters have helped her move forward in this process, but in the main she considers herself self-taught. After many years of life drawing, she found her passion for painting with traditional oils. Unhappily, a severe allergy to the binders used in oils forced her to look at other mediums, including the new acrylic paint, pastels and finally, watercolors. A weekend workshop in watercolor techniques was all it took and she was winning awards. Feeling the urge to explore a new medium again, Timms turned a second time to acrylic paint and found a second, award-winning love.


Timms has been awarded the Barse Miller Memorial Award at the American Watercolor Society's 136th Annual International Exhibition in 2003 in New York City, NY, USA. She has had her paintings accepted into the Societe Canadienne de l'Aquarelle Annual Watercolor Exhibition, Brossard, Quebec, Canada in 2002; the Canadian Society for Painters in Watercolors OPEN WATER Juried Exhibition Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2000 and more. She exhibits mostly in Western Canada, and credits include a solo exhibition in the South of France. Timms was awarded full signature membership in the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1993. In 2005, Timms attained full signature membership in the Society of Canadian Artists, Toronto, Ontario.


  • The Watercolor Techniques of 23 International Artists, Chapter 20 2005
  • International Artists publication 100 Ways To Paint Flowers and Gardens Volume 1 - How Did You Paint That? Series 2005
  • CARFAC Visual Arts Voice Spring 2002 Artists Share Secrets of Selling Their Work
  • Feature article, The Pleasure of Art, In Focus Magazine Sept. 2001 Issue
  • Master Painters of Canada Showcase, International Artist Magazine, Summer 2000 Edition, November 2004 Edition
  • Back Cover Images October 1999 Issue FCA NEWS
  • Cover Image July/August 1999 Issue FCA News
  • Article March 1999 issue The Artists' Magazine
  • Article Exhibition Catalogue 1993 Images of Excellence

My Philosophy

Being creative is not simply carefully crafting form and design, creativity builds on opening up to brand new ways of seeing. Everything in life is creative so, when one listens to life, new ideas and ways of expressing oneself appear. Life keeps teaching me that the subject is of minimal importance but the exploration of what occurs when paint and water mix, now that is huge. As a teacher, my job is to excite the student. As a painter, my job is to excite myself (and the viewer). I must feel good when I paint, not confined or restricted in any way. When I feel good, my paintings SING. Listen to life carefully, it sends messages of exploration and change, if we listen.

My Equipment

Really depends on the medium I am using and where I will be painting.

Watercolours - I use Winsor and Newton tube artists grade paint, Papier d"Arches 140 lb. cold pressed rag paper, various palettes and brushes.
Acrylics - I use Golden heavy body tube paint, canvas or rag paper, Miello covered palette and bristle brushes.