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Biography and Artist Statement
I am nearly 70 years old and I’ve created for 60 years with pens, pencils, pastels, watercolours, and eventually in acrylics. I have made my preferred medium. I use graphite, inks, watercolours and pastels regularly. I also do sculpture in clay and with found objects, mixed media and collage. I also recently discovered ephemeral art and encaustics.
I am an ambidextrous painter. When I paint, I rarely have a pre-conceived idea because I stop thinking and I focus solely on what passes from me to the canvas (or chosen ground) I go with Zen meditation sounds and release the image as if forms.
I do not personally care much for traditional portraits and representational art – bowls of fruit, cute dogs, pale flowers, bottles and pretty ladies –We have been looking at that art for hundreds of years – if I want representational pictures, I reach for my camera. In this I am hard-headed. Me, I am all for Pure Creation – New and Unique!!
I am representational only when I paint landscapes – which are impressionist in style. There, I describe my love of earth and sky – but mostly my love for the trees – which we have lately seen getting uprooted with careless abandon in these counties!
When I work in studio with live models, I practice the discipline of exactitude, of realism, where I “do” what the model IS – and allow myself little room for “stylizing” it is like working out to stay in shape. I can draw with my left hand as well, but there, it is as if a different person is doing the drawing.
I am a Water Colour Rebel! I persist in the use of White and Black! The painter is the Boss – me! I decide what I am creating and whether using black or white will do what I want for my painting. Yes, I learned the “right way” to “make” white and black – I know how. White paint and black were invented to be used.
Naturally, I am banned from all “Associations of water colourists”. Still, I vote YES to the Black and YES to the white and YES to the artists’ freedom!
I recently obtained my General Arts program from the Ottawa School of Art – a 3-year programme, which I compressed by putting in 60-hour weeks in homework assignments and 12-hour days in classes into one year.
I have been “showing” and selling throughout my life – recently and locally since 2010 (La Maison des Arts, The Ottawa School of Art (Orleans Campus) Shenkman centre and in privately owned spaces. I was a volunteer art teacher for a mental health facility for 2 years. I had a very hard childhood and I do constant battle with depression myself which is why I sympathize and like to work with these groups.
What DRIVES my creativity even more, was a shattering event in 1999 where the retina in both my eyes tore and I was going blind. Dr. Bill Britton, the eye surgeon saved my life. Since that miracle, I look at everything around me not just twice but a third time, in depth! In everything I observe there are manifold details; images within images where the exact look of an object is much more than what a camera-painting picture can give. Which is why I paint the way that I do.