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Born and educated in the U.S., I consider my style of painting as an 'evolution' resulting from many courses and workshops given by various instructors. One of seven siblings (all skilled in the arts), painting, drawing, and music have never been choices, they were just part of everyday life. Along with this readily available family source of artistic information, the late Montreal watercolourist, Helmut Gerth, was a major contributor to my artistic 'adventure'.
With no formal art training, and several years of 'trial-and-error' oil painting, pastel attempts and not painting at all - and - having finally settled on the watercolour medium as my favorite form of expression, I gather inspiration from everyday surroundings. Living in rural settings, as well as enjoying lakeside cottage life, for many years has brought about a great appreciation of nature and rustic settings.
Quite often, very early in the morning, I can be found, camera in hand, traveling the back roads looking to capture a 'subject' with just the right light and shadow. I prefer to work from photographs.
With an obvious passion for wooden barns, I hope that my works reflect the passage of time, and, hopefully, inspire others to see the beauty of these rapidly disappearing rural structures.
My adventure into fantasy paintings has taken me down a surprisingly interesting pathway. Although originally started as gifts for my five granddaughters, these Princess and Wizard paintings have become increasingly important in the development of my painting skills. Totally unplanned, these works 'evolve' into very intricate paintings ... enjoyed by children of all ages, from 1 to 101. The child in us will see the story. Don't be afraid to be caught having a good look into the depths of these other worlds, you may see yourself there.
Paintings also available at:
Les Tresors de Jacob
329 Main Street East