Born and raised on the prairies, I have a deep love for big open skies, linear landscapes and a soft palette. Calming, simple and subtly beautiful. Growing up, I always remember my Mom creating. Ceramics when we were little, paper tole when “that was a thing”. I loved watching her, but was always too busy with friends or activities to ever try it myself.
It wasn’t until after graduating from university that art ever caught my attention. I was working in a long-term healthcare facility that displayed local artists as part of their therapy programming. I never really took much notice, until one September, they exhibited a collection of watercolour prairie landscapes. It’s the first time I remember having an emotional reaction to art. The landscapes reminded me of driving to the farm in the summers when we were little. I loved the transparency of the paint, the soft palette, the way the colours blended together. I was hooked! Unfortunately, I couldn’t draw or paint to save my life. Fortunately, I knew someone who could! That Christmas, I gave my Mom a set of watercolours (a little self-serving in hindsight ;), and ever since, my Mom has painted.
My Mom is an amazing artist, and her painting group has become one of her greatest joys. She continues to paint and to foster a love for creativity in her grandchildren. It’s so fun to watch her share her talents, brushes, paints and alcohol inks (as well as sacrifice her flooring on occasion!) with all of them!
I've always been drawn to watercolour, and over the last couple of years, I have finally taken the time to start playing with them. I love the learning process, and I aspire to create art that is calming, simple and subtly beautiful. I love the transparency and the flow. I love the texture of the paper and the “white spaces”. I love that, even though I am not skilled at drawing, I can place pigment on paper, let it do it’s thing, and on occasion, be happy with the result! I love that painting encourages me to pause and be still, to appreciate simplicity, and above all, it reminds me to be grateful. I hope that in some small way, these products help inspire the same for you.
Check out some of my favourite watercolour artists and click the red arrow below to listen to one of my favourite pieces….
written by someone special :)
Yao Cheng - www.yaochengdesign.com
Stephanie Ryan - www.stephanieryan.com
Elizabeth Becker - www.elizabethbeckerart.com
Stephanie Fehrenbach - www.stephaniefehrenbach.ca
Heather Langdale - www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HeatherLangdaleArt
Kelly Ventura - www.kellyventura.com
Catherine Perehudoff - www.catherineperehudoff.com/photo-galleries/landscapes-in-watercolour/gallery-4