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I began painting when I was fifteen, using oils and canvas. I found it to be therapeutic - both calming and intriguing.
It was a beautiful and fascinating way to find the centre within the self, and then, to connect with others.
I was inspired by many artists that I had heard of - Gauguin, Matisse,Chagall, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, CÚzanne, Picasso ... I studied their works and their lives, whenever I could. I came to understand that art was more than recreating images. It had everything to do with energy, feeling, colour, juxtaposition of elements, light, always light - and breathing. I often found my paintings were teaching me how to paint as I was painting them.
I continued painting for many years, in a self-taught fashion, wondering if I could follow the footsteps of my grandmother, Maj-Lis Klemming, a woman who began painting in her 50's, studied with George Swinton in Winnipeg, and had successful showings of her art.
I have studied with teachers at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and recently entered the Provincial Annual Open Juried Competition and Exhibition, April, 2012.
I am currently a student of Milos Milidrag, grateful for his excellent guidance, teaching and vision.