The daughter of a War Bride and Canadian Soldier, she came to Canada as a young child and was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After art studies at the University of Manitoba and Forum Art Institute, she moved to Kenora, Ontario with her husband. There she raised a family and taught art to young people for over thirty years. Teaching and painting are twin passions. She continues to teach workshops across Canada and works part time teaching adults painting on cruise ships. The most recent assignment was the Queen Mary 2 World Cruise.
Pippi has been active in many art organizations, most notably Kenora Heritage Townscapes. The committee changed the face of the community with the painting of twenty-one historic murals in the city. She has a quest for lifelong learning obtaining in midcareer a Masters in Art Education at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Berkley, California. She has taken master painting classes with instructors including Skip Lawrence, Robert Genn, Don Getz, Mike Svob, Marilyn Crawford and Bob Burridge.
Painting in her studios everyday or while traveling, she exhibits international and national juried competitions. She has self published several books about her painting. The six months of stark winter of her prairie childhood and life on Lake of the Woods, has led her to choose color as a primary theme. She sees vibrant hues, where others see grays and browns. Light flashes and moves with a spiritual awakening. Seeking always the unusual characteristics of light and color, she creates works of art that intend to evoke fond memories of not one place or figure, but a combination of many images. Music and its relationship of colour and design is beginning to play a strong part in the paintings. But… Colour is the main image and joy is the message.