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Paint Your Pet Paint Nights at Zealous Art!

Paint your Pet Paint Nights!

I will be hosting Paint your Pet Paint Nights at my studio in downtown Langley!!

Tickets are on sale and it is going to sell fast!  Come join the FUN!

Ticket price includes up to 3 hours of art  instruction. All art supplies are provided.  Please send us a photo of your pet (to reach us at least one week before the event) We will draw your pet out on the canvas for you!   This is not a traditional paint night or paint a long where an artist leads in front. Each painting is unique and for that reason we will have artists walking around giving individual guidance.

Find our events on our events page here

We look forward to having you at our studio!


The Heart Link Network ~ Surrey BC

Where women share what is in their hearts! Connect, be motivated and inspired by other amazing women in business like yourself!

I am honoured to serve our community by leading networking events for professional women. I look forward to introducing you to the movers and shakers in our area when you join us at our next meeting.

I am the owner and operator of Zealous Art & Painting Parties , a mobile art pARTy business that brings the FUN to your home or office . Painting pARTies are great for any occasion from celebrating Birthdays, other life events to staff appreciation/team building events. It is perfect for a girls night in and everyone goes home with their own master piece.

Meeting once a month, you have an opportunity to Business Network, connect and grow your circle of influence! Join us in a fun, relaxed and effective environment to promote your business and make great connections with other Women in Business. Come linked with a friend in a different business category and save!

09/28/15 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/15/15 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
11/16/15 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
12/17/15 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 



The Heart Link Network® is dedicated to touching the lives of small business women professionals in dramatic and positive ways as it nurtures, supports, respects and unites women in all areas of their lives.
The Heart Link Women’s Network® is committed to linking the hearts of women, and supporting genuine connections that build prosperity through networking relationships throughout the world.

The Heart Link Network® makes a difference in the lives it touches and strengthens women-owned businesses all around the world by utilizing a collective power to create special offerings to women of The Heart Link Network.

Arts Alive Festival

Such a beautiful day!

We set up in the rain, wondering what the weather would do, but it was perfect. I can’t tell you when the rain stopped, but this weather was just not beach weather and as you can see by the photos… everyone knew exactly where to go!


 Perfect day to be listening to great music, enjoy good food, art and explore your creative side!

IMG_7605I took the above photos looking left then right out of my booth! Crazy I know… so I yelled out: “Thank you beautiful people for supporting the arts!!”   (Okay, I yelled it out with my inner voice… but I wanted to do it with my outer voice… really!)


Gone a little dotty!! I know! Nothing says pARTy like polka dots!

I missed a many beautiful people when they walked by or they left before I could grab ’em, but I did get a few to pose for a photo!

I had painting pARTies at my booth and these guys sure had fun!  It is always exciting to see how those who were pretty sure that I could not get them to paint leave with a pretty decent painting. A lot of fun was had by all!  😀

Thank you for joining me today


See you in 2016!!


Ghostly Gastown Tours

I invited a few people I know and encouraged them to invite a few people they know and so a bunch of us headed to Vancouver to listen to stories… stories about the Ghosts that find themselves in Gastown…  Nope, not sharing the stories here, you have to go and do this tour… Stephanie was our guide and did a great job at telling the stories. At the end of the tour no one wanted to go home… they were just staring at her… hanging on her lips, wanting more!  It did not feel like we just walked around for about 90 minutes, it was a great night out.

The place has a great vibe, busy and interesting. I walked down pathways and alleys I would not have walked down, well after hearing some of the stories, I don’t think that has changed! Well in a crowd of 15 or so I will! ha ha

You can read more about the tour here.

Stephanie was interviewed by CBC news and tells one of the stories in this clip

The tour costs $15 p person and takes approximately 90 minutes.  When purchasing your ticket ensure you pick the correct date by clicking on the drop down arrow.  Bring walking shoes and water and be on the lookout… you might just spot a ghost of two …. visit their website to see tour dates. If you can’t find a date that suites you, you can arrange for a private tour for small groups!

A fun way to spend the night in this beautiful city!  Here are a few photos from this fun evening!



Ghostly Gastown Tours




Art – Pin ~ from the heART

Pinterest, because I only have so much space on my walls

Art – Truth ~ With almost 400 pins this one is my favourite board. There is something about every single one of these faces that I adore…

Follow Freda’s board Art Truth on Pinterest.Art – She ~ You don’t have to know her to see who she is… Follow Freda’s board Art she on Pinterest.

Art – Ribbons ~ She entertains, she is laughs, she is kind and soft …like a ribbon blowing in the wind

Follow Freda’s board Art ribbons on Pinterest.Art – Go ~ Go find out where that light comes from… or dream about going and enjoy the view… Follow Freda’s board Art Go on Pinterest.

Art – Motherhood ~ Misunderstood

Follow Freda’s board Art Motherhood on Pinterest.Art – behind ~ let it stay there… it is for others to enjoy now, you focus on what’s in front of you love Follow Freda’s board Art behind on Pinterest.


featured photo Intense green eyes byTHOMAS SALIOT


Just before the new year I was going through some old photos on Instagram and discovered that there were days that I did not post and then there were days I posted 6 photos. Reflecting on days I have almost forgotten about was so much fun that I decided to do this…

Take on the 365photo challenge. The whole idea is to post a photo a day reflecting on a thought, something I did or someone I met for the first time… I might throw in a group selfie or two 😀   Photos will be posted via Instagram to my Facebook profile and Twitter account …and when I have time I will update this blog post. I work full time, run ZealousArt, have 2 teenagers in the house and a million other things… and because I am not busy enough I have decided to do this… Will I last the whole 365 days? I don’t know! Will I post everyday? I don’t know.   But I am going to try.

Day 9 of 365

#Juicing for the weekend

#photoaday #day9 #Juicinglifestyle

Day 9

Day 8 of 365

My Library of paintings

#day8 #photoaday #zealousart

Day 8

Day 7 of 365

It looks so spooky in the forest

#photoaday #day7 #mist #forest #spooky

Day 7

Day 6 of 365

It is not all play
What you put in is what you get out


Day 5 of 365

Nightshift snack

‪#‎day5‬ ‪#‎betterlatethannever‬ ‪#‎photoaday‬


Day 4 of 365

My art is on display at Good Day Sunshine Cafe in ‪#‎WhiteRock‬
Artist Reception January 25th 2-4pm

‪#‎photoaday‬ ‪#‎day4‬ ‪#‎Artist‬ ‪#‎zealousart‬



Day 3 of 365

Had the first of many juices tonight

‪#‎photoaday‬ ‪#‎day3‬ ‪#‎Juicinglifestyle‬


Day 2 of 365

I am going to miss this season

‪#‎photoaday‬ ‪#‎day2‬


Iceskating at God’s Little Acre Farm in ‪#‎SurreyBC‬

Day 1 of 365

‪#‎photoaday‬ ‪#‎day1‬


a blank canvas


I arrived at the gallery a little before 6. Curtis brought out the tables, I spread the paint stained table cloths and Laura was finding us some pARTy music! Within only a few minutes the back-end of the Gallery was transformed from Gallery to pARTy studio!

As I placed the last blank canvas on an easel, the white blank canvas it reminded me of the day the automated doors at YVR opened up and an ice cold wind blew in my face… I am in Canada! So nervous, so scared, so excited! How am I going to do this…

A few days ago, via twitter, Jonathan Christianson from We make stuff happen reminded me how I did it. He tweeted:

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh”

Who knew I would literally and figuratively had to ‘paint’ this much! Starting over in a new country with only 8 bags of clothing and enough money to live for only a few months, teaches you to ‘paint’. Whether you are an artist, or not!

Although my husband was employed by a reputable company in Vancouver he was ‘the junior’ ‘the newbie’ and often reminded of his non-existing North American experience. Four and a half years later he is no longer the junior, often being complimented for his commitment, his loyalty, his good work ethics and definitely gained some North American experience! I know he also, just like me, had sleepless nights wondering how are we going to do this…  BUT we chose to be here, we had to ‘paint’! And we are still painting!

After the first few strokes it becomes easier. You start liking the feeling of adding colour, texture and a little of you to the canvas.  As with a painting pARTy, everyone is a little cautious at the beginning, but after the first few brush strokes, I see magic! Laughing sharing and some really get adventurous… the sharing of ideas and people who came in with the idea that they can not even draw a straight line or a stick man an now inspiring others. It is exciting and you feel so accomplished at the end of the evening.

My favourite part of the evening is the group photo… With paintings in hand, a photoDSC_0765 is taken of everyone standing with their masterpiece! As a group we did the same painting, but when you look a little closer, every painting is unique it its own way. A little of every ones’ personality shines through! It is beautiful!

It is a few years now since we moved to Canada, we now have North American experience, North American (and not so North American) friends, clients and careers,  but our culture and personality shines through… We all look the same from a distance but when you move closer and hear the accent and listen to the stories, from struggling to drive on the wrong side of the road to holding the brush a different way, we are all ‘painting’. You decide if you want to enjoy the painting experience, if you want to add a little music and invite awesome people! It is all up to you what you make of this painting experience!




Talking art

With all the gett’n ready for school my son was up to a quick art project for his room.  This room is an ongoing project and I like this boys’ ideas!  So watch this space!

We have quite a few wooden boards around the house, the boys have brought home from the Dojang.  Some kicked some punched, some in two pieces some in three… They are piling up and at this pace, we could build a house with all this wood in a few years time.  For now, we will use it for deco’!

The theme is taekwondo – self improvement – talking art….






Affirmation is a declaration that something is true.