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Visual Voice Art Fine Art
128 King St, Truro, NS B2N 1X6
NSCCD Designer Craft Shop
1061 Marginal Rd, Halifax.
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Last year I spent two weeks as the artist in residence at the Westport School House on Brier Island. Friend Jennifer and I found it was a great place for walks and observing wildlife, and of course whale-watching! I also worked on two portraits of drag performers that I hope to show in July at the Archives in Halifax as my contribution to the show "I am what I am". I want to thank the remarkable people who agreed to let me photograph them for this series.
Jane, owner of the Dart Gallery at 127A Portland St in Dartmouth, has the paintings I did in Sherbrooke Village. These are two of the them:
In 2018 I spent nearly three weeks as the artist in residence in Sherbrooke Village. It was an amazing experience, living back in the 1860s! When the gates closed during the day, no cars were allowed in the village, and the interpreters wore period costume.
I met visitors from Europe and the USA as well as from across Canada, who came to see what I was doing in my studio:-
The great summer weather in 2018 meant lots of opportunities to paint outdoors. I took part in both the "Paint Peggy's Cove" and "Paint the Town" in Annapolis Royal, and here are some of my paintings.
I was delighted to find a wonderful home for my painting "Silver Dart", which was painted for a Visual Arts N.S. group show called "Flight", commemorating the first powered flight in Canada. It is now in the Silver Dart boardroom at the Halifax International Airport.
Artist Statement and biography
As a biologist and an artist, I feel that we are very much part of nature, and I am very aware of the wonder of the world around us. I find that nature is always unexpected, and I am fascinated by the constantly changing appearance of lakes, woods, brooks and fields. When I first came to Canada, I was stunned by the magnificent blaze of red maples, yellow aspens and golden tamaracks in the fall and the interlacing shadows on sparkling snow in winter. These contrast with the piercingly blue sky of sunny fall and winter days, which I rarely saw in England. The relatively short but sunny summer means that there is a colourful parade of flowers to paint in my garden.
My main inspiration in portraying nature has been Tom Thomson, especially his plein air studies. I also enjoy painting in the open air, surrounded by nature, and I try to show the vitality of what I experience by using expressive brushwork and vibrant colours. My interest in living things extends to portraying some of the wonderful people I have met, painting either from life or from photographs, so that I can show them in relaxed poses in their own surroundings. Recently I painted portraits of victims of human rights abuse, and "Portraits of Injustice" was shown in the Harbourside Gallery of the Immigration Museum in Halifax. This project, which has since been shown in Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury and the St John Arts Centre, was awarded a NS creation grant.
After a fulfilling career as a research scientist, closure of my DFO laboratory in 1997 led me to pursue my lifetime love of painting, and I graduated from NSCAD in 2005 with a major in Fine Art. I received the Elizabeth Greenshield's Award for an emerging artist in 2005, and the NS Art Bank bought my work in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010. My paintings are featured in Landscape Painters of Nova Scotia (Nimbus Press), edited by Dee Appleby.
Link to review by Elissa Barnard.