Retirement and Self-Publishing
In 2016 she retired and moved to Victoria BC where she was blessed with meeting a retired engineer, Keith Cains, an exceptionally talented artist. Keith’s personal story of courage and tenacity in over coming a near fatal bicycle accident when he turned 63. For the last 17 years, he has maintained a positive attitude as he rehabilitated himself while caring for wife as she battled a fatal diagnosis of Parkinsons and works part time as a draftsman. He maintains his art has helped him through his darkest times. MC and Keith have collaborated on three self-publications through Friesen Press, Timely Umit Upturns Tim, Happy Cat and Merry Cat and Watching Whirling Wishing Wanda’s Whale Pleas!
In the summer of 2018 MC has worked with Doug Lenz in producing a 25 minute documentary short titled I’m Not an Artist. The film features her husband Mark as he embarks on a journey interviewing five artists ( Ted Nisker, Keith Cains, Daniela Hassman, Susan Isaac and Odette LaRoche) who encourage him to explore art as a new hobby. He visits studios, speaks to some of their students and has hands on experiences with sketching, painting, blow art and traditional acrylic painting. With fingers crossed, they are awaiting acceptance to a variety of film festivals.
MC currently lives on Bear Mountain, 25 minutes outside of B.C.’s capital city of Victoria where she spends her time writing, reading, traveling, working out and working as a casual banquet server at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa.