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ABOUT THE ARTIST
AS A WRITER WRITES TO DESCRIBE WHAT THEY SEE___I PAINT
"Painting what others only catch a glimpse of"
Painting is my interpretation of the world around me. It allows others to see things the way that I see them. There is much that is not seen so I paint what others only catch a glimpse of. I have never been afraid of color, Color is amazing , but we tend to overlook its importance as it It is all around us, influencing our decisions, evoking feelings, and adding vibrancy to our daily lives. . Bold , bright colors inspired by the natural world around me. Nature is its own paint palette, layers of colors, overlapping and dissecting , patterns with contrasts of light and dark. I take all this Inspiration and allow it flow through my eyes , through my paintbrush, and onto the surface of my canvas, disrupting the viewers idea of what that image is supposed to look like. I don't just show them a brown horse, I show them a horse with many layers of colors, browns, reds, oranges, blues and purples. I often get asked why my horses are blue or purple, and my response to them is always;
“because that is what I see
As an artist I take alot of photographs, my children are constantly giving me a hard time as I always have my camera in hand. I then use alot of these photos as referance for my work. I have developed a series of steps where the photo is manipulated, enhanced, cropped, adjusted and sharpened to bring out the layers of color and patterns that I know are there in each image, and once I reach the desired effect and look that I want to achieve, I then approach my blank canvas already knowing what my final image is going to look like. This of course changes with each approach that I take to my canvas. As the creative process evolves, my creativity and imagination are stimulated, which in turn enhances those features that I wish for the viewer to see. My unique style then becomes apparent in all the work that I do.
Part of the process for each piece is stretching my own canvas. There is nothing like the feeling of stepping up to a freshly gessoe'd canvas for the first time knowing that it is about to become a work of art, my work, that I painted.
I work very precise, controlled ,defined, and with sharp, clear lines and shapes. My medium of choice is Oils. it allows me the time to blend and mix my colors on the canvas to give my work a very fluid, stained look without allowing the brushstrokes to show, and yet maintain the vibrant , pure color of the pigment.
I see myself as a Contemporary western painter. Raised in southern Alberta on a farm, raising cattle and growing up on the back of a horse, to me was a reflection of the Pioneer spirit of the west. In my more recent works, the focus has been the wild horses of Canada and the United States. They are survivors , living as nature intended. Living symbols of the west. To survive in the wild requires strength and Fortitude. They brave extreme heat and cold, surviving harsh conditions, and generations of natural selection. This is what I try to portray to my viewers. I want them to see these wild, weather beaten, resiliant, intelligent animals. I want to raise awareness of the challenges these animals face everyday, and to change peoples perceptions of the wild mustangs, and to give back to the organizations that are on the ground ,in the trenches, giving them a voice, fighting everyday so these animals can remain where they belong.
WILD AND FREE.
I was born to be an artist
Creativity is in my blood
I was blessed to have been raised in a family flooded with creativity. The earliest memories that I have of myself are always with a crayon, pencil, or a paintbrush in my hands. All through my school years I was forever doodling, drawing ,painting or sketching something, somewhere. Spending most of my childhood years living on a farm in Southern Alberta, nestled at the base of the foothills just north of Cochrane Alberta, I was surrounded by Inspiration and life. I was taught from a very young age to respect animals and to love them and so I try to capture that love, beauty and language in my work. Still to this day I feel that I have a better connection with animals than I do with people.
My family moved to Holland when I was 14 .What a culture shock that was. Living there for 4 years I was blessed with possibility and opportunity. I was now Able to see many works created by famous artists first hand, hanging on the walls in museums throughout Holland, Germany and Belgium, I became immersed in artistic culture, I knew in my heart and soul even then that I wanted to be an artist.
Returning to Canada and attending the Alberta College of Art was a challenge and a struggle for me. Unable to pursue my first choice of studies, Commercial Art, I enrolled in my second choice which was drawing. I learned a lot here, mostly the technical side of art .Color theory, Composition, perspective , etc, but at the same time I struggled with the Institutions politics and what kind of artist they kept telling me that I should be. So after 3 years of it, I decided to leave and find my own direction as an artist.
Getting married and having kids slowed my art career down even more. I did manage to find some time to teach watercolor and Tole painting classes, and even to draw and paint a few pieces that I was able to put in some juried shows and exhibitions throughout Alberta, BC , and Saskatchewan,.I even had some of my pieces of work going into private and corporate collections throughout Canada. My greatest accomplishment during those years was my painting, "Rythm of the Drum" painted in 1996, which won me the peoples choice award at the Tri city artists guild show and sale, "Innovations", in Coquitlam B.C.
However something was always missing. I had a yearning in my soul and I always felt that I was not doing what I was meant to be doing and the Universe had a way of always telling me that this was not my path. So I made some life changes. I moved to a small hamlet in southern Saskatchewan, once again surrounding myself in natural Inspiration, and finally allowing my soul to follow its true path.. Here I am setting up my studio " Missouri Breaks", focusing my energy and my life on my art.
I have become more involved in the art community in my area, Joining the Assiniboia arts council is a step towards immersing myself in the arts and helping myself to further evolve as an artist I continue to grow and learn everyday. Creativity takes hard work, and painting has become an all consuming passion that drives me everyday, to help guide me on my path to becoming a professional artist.
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