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I am a self taught artist who was hooked on art from the first time I picked up a crayon and created images from my imagination.
Having had an aptitude for both science and art, I had to choose which would serve me best as a career and which as a hobby. Art became my hobby. Over the years I restarted my artistic endeavours many times because of conflicting priorities.
I have taken various classes and workshops that while expanding my technical skills in various media, never led me to discover my true inner artist. I retired early to Gabriola Island on British Columbia's Pacific coast and am working on uncovering my illusive inner artist.
Currently, I am focussing on watercolour and acrylic media and am working on moving from a realistic to a more representational style with freer abstract elements. While I am interested in a variety of subjects, I am most inspired by images that tell a story typically involving people or animals.
Here are some of the artists from whom I have taken classes/workshops and who have influenced my artistic journey.
- Frank Haddock www.frankhaddock.com
- Suzanne Lamoureux www.lamorearts.com
- Willie Wong www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUPVdZSmWO8
- Frances Alty-Arscott www.altyarscott.net/
- Melinda Wilde www.melindawilde.com/
- Harold Allanson www.haroldallanson.com/
- Cindy Agan www.cindyaganart.com/
- Caroline James www.carolinejames.com/
- Marney-Rose Edge www.marneyroseedge.com/
- David Shkolny www.davidshkolny.com/
- Linda Findlay www.lindafindlay.com/
- Dianna Hanna www.diannahanna.com/
- Norma Jackson www.normajacksonartist.com/
- Janice Robertson www.janicerobertson.ca/
- Gerry Thompson www.gerrythompson.ca
- Judith Madsen www.judithmadsen.com
- Jean Haines www.jeanhaines.com
- Patt Scrivener www.pattscrivener.com
- Jill Charuk www.jillcharuk.com
- Brian Buckrell www.brianbuckrell.com
- Carol Carter www.carol-carter.com
- Brian Smith www.drawn2life.com
- Lalita Hamill www.lalitahamill.com
- Alison Watt www.alisonwatt.ca