Rita is a Christian and she experienced the world through the eyes of a Christian as laid out in the Bible. It is her wish to bring glory to God through her artwork and to render God's glory visible to the world via her paintings.
Rita's paintings have won more than 15 awards from 1977 to 2007, including a First Place Award in ARTVENTURE by CFS – a juried exhibition by the Colour and Form Society of Canada in 1999 on the theme “A Journey into the New Millennium”. She was also presented with the Second Best Painting in Acrylic Award at SCA - the Society of Canadian Artists' National Open Juried Exhibition in 2006, and the Award of Merit at OSA - the Ontario Society of Artists' 133 rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition in 2007. She won the Best Abstract Painting at CFS 's Open Juried Biennial Exhibition in 2006, and more recently in 2007, she won the First Place Abstract Award at SCA 's 40 th National Open Juried Exibition in Montreal , and an Honourable Mention Award at the SCA 's 50 th Anniversary All Members' Juried Exhibition from Coast to Coast in Calgary . In addition, one of her paintings, Don River At Night #2, was collected into the Government of Ontario's art archive.