I came late to the wonderful world of art with a few short courses starting in 2005.My first course was with Jennifer LaBella at the Conservatory in the Park and not only was the setting ideal, but Jennifer was very patient with the very novice artist and imparted a love of watercolour painting.
While working as a nurse, I took a few art courses mostly in watercolour but sometimes in acrylic, oils and mono printing from Charmaine Watt, Leona Brown, at the WAG, Guy St. Goddard and even through the leisure guide. In 2008, I got more serious about painting in preparation for retirement and took classes at Leona Brown’s studio plus taking 2 art trips with her; one to Spain and one to Italy. Both these art trips and Leona taught me the love of art by learning interesting techniques and also how to view the environment in order to put an image on paper. Through these trips I have met many wonderful artists that are now friends. I have also taken workshops in Wisconsin by Karlyn Holman who with her joie de vivre and expertise was inspiring not only for art but also life. I was fortunate to take 2 workshops at the Madeline Island School of the Arts in Wisconsin, again learning wonderful techniques from Cheng-Khee Chee and Sterling Edwards. Since retiring as an Occupational Health Nurse in 2013, I joined the Charleswood Art Group where not only have I met many accomplished and supportive artists but also participated in workshops with a variety of mediums.
My artwork is varied with traditional watercolour techniques, abstracts, mixed medium collaging, alcohol inks and acrylics. Lately I have taken up sketching especially in Plein Air sessions during the summer with the Charleswood Art Group.
I have had 5 works of art exhibited in juried shows at the Buhler Gallery and one collage/mixed medium piece in the Red River Exhibition show and sale in 2015. This piece was sold.
My quote is “Art is poetry for the eyes”.
One important aspect of learning to paint is that one looks and feels the environment, watches for light, shadows and colours.