"Fonthill ...where the living is easy" - 24" x 12" acrylic on canvas - SOLD (Prints available)
about the artist/designer
Pablo Picasso once said "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." I too ‘grew up,’ but fortunately -as pointed out by my daughter, Sarah- my life's journey has been full of creativity and realized artistic visions, and is now custom-designed for my visual art form, what I like to call "Texturalism.”
As a child artist I loved spending all my free time creating images of houses, people, and buildings.
As a sewer I created a line of children's clothing and one-of-a-kind skating dresses, and my design compositions of colour and texture were on, and out of, every kind of fabric.
As a gardener, landscape designer, and home renovator/flipper & stager I reshaped grounds and home interiors, and I used colour and every texture available to create my visions of light, form, and space.
In the pursuit of my artistic dream I took numerous community and college courses/classes, including watercolour, pottery, acrylic painting, block-printing, acrylic pours, and faux-finishing.
A few years ago I was invited to join a group of aspiring artists (now known as Just Art & Co.) at the Fonthill Paddle Club, and they introduced me to the idea of applying stucco to the canvas before painting it; I really took to this style.
Now, as a visual artist, I'm creating my visual works of art with texture, colour, and composition.
I call myself a "Texturalist" because I quite often use textures such as stucco, Venetian plaster, etc., as my 'ground' and starting-point on canvas. The way I apply my texture is dictated by my composition: if I'm doing an abstract piece the texture is freely applied; if my composition is structured it's applied purposefully. "Texture" also directs the way I apply my acrylic paint, whether it's with a brush, a palette knife, a spatula, or whatever it takes to create my desired effect. I feel that the texture I establish is enhanced by my use of metallic paints (pearlescence, gold, silver, etc.)
My subject matter continues to be that of buildings and people, but now I am focused on creating original, one-of-a-kind paintings of our physical environments: of where we live, what we do and where we go; as well as our interior environment, our mind-and-soul journeyings -our connectedness with ourselves and the people in our communities (hence, my body of artwork that fits this description is titled "Journeyings")-.
I am drawn to the Fauves’ use of colour and I prefer to use broad strokes of vibrant, arbitrary colour. I will often place people in my compositions in the hopes of creating a connection between my painting and the viewer.
Just as Canadian artist, Clarence Gagnon (1881-1942), stated his purpose was to “catch the spirit of Canada and the French-Canadian life,” my purpose is to catch the spirit of 21st century Niagara (particularly Fonthill) in a series of original works, titled, "Celebrating Niagara." I feel that we are blessed to live in this wonderful part of Canada, and I hope to capture the features of its small community life: its changing landscapes; its people; its farm-to-table and wine, beer, and spirits craft-cultures; its rural and industrial roots; its diversity; as well as its growing identity -as I see it- as Niagara's southern cultural playground (with its cycling, hiking, golfing and water-sport attractions, etc.)
This is important to me because, having grown up in Niagara and returning to it (to raise my family) after living in Toronto for ten years, I gained a deep appreciation for the Niagara region, particularly Fonthill with its small-town feel.
It is my hope that my works will capture your attention and speak to you on a personal level.
Niagara has had a long and wonderful history of supporting area artists, and as a member of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Pumphouse, Fonthill’s Just Art & Co, St. Catharines’ Rodman Hall and the St. Catharines Art Association (SCAA), as well as Welland’s Visual Artists of Welland (VAW) I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the wonderful Niagara artists who offer their expertise and their passion.
I used to think my art journey was an interrupted one, but now I realize I have been on an ever-evolving path of creativity. Now, if I can borrow the words Vincent Van Gogh once wrote to his brother, Theo:
"I am seeking, I am striving, and I am in it with all my heart"