Art as I do it
Upon reflection I have always painted whatever subject catches my eye at the moment. Very little of my work is planned apart from portraits and my bird paintings, with the focus mostly on pleasing subjects. I love nature in all its forms: plant life, animal life, from countryside to ocean or lake. The occasional piece has a touch of whimsy. Away from home I always have my small sketchbook and watercolour set at hand, later transferring the rough work to canvass or paper. I work in oil, acrylic and pastel, the latter especially for birds and flowers.
Sculpture has been my second delight working both in cast pieces and carved stone, giving the occasional lecture and demo today at the Women’s Art Association of Canada. Art in all its forms is an everlasting joy.
Art Curriculum Vitae:
Early years Pupil of Ethel Seath, Montreal
1944-45 Art School – Boston Museum of Fine Arts; History of Art Diploma – Harvard
1945-47 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Art School – (Arthur Lismer,
Goodridge Roberts, Gordon Webber) Assistant to Arthur Lismer, children’s art
1952 + 53 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Jury-selected works in Spring Exhibition
1961 Designed mosaic mural for the Champlain Bldg., Halifax, N.S.
1976 Exhibition and sale “Nature Morte” collages, Holt Renfrew, Montreal
1977-82 McGill Dept. of Education – Exhibition & Sale of Sculpture
including portrait busts in bronze, plaster, ciment fondu
1983 – 84 McGill Dept. of Education – instructor, all levels, sculpture
1987 Exhibition & Sale: “Students of Ethel Seath”, Maison Alcan, Montreal
1990 “ ” “ : “The Study School Spring Art Show”, Montreal
1991 “ ” “ : “The Stoker Spring Arts Festival”, Lennoxville, Quebec
1992 – 93 Montreal General Hospital “Early Bird” Art Sales
1994 North Hatley Library, North Hatley, Quebec – solo exhibition
1995 Bishop’s College School, Lennoxville, Quebec
Designed and supervised installation of full scale murals
1998-99 Heliconian Club of Toronto – Group Shows & Sales
2005 Women’s Art Association of Canada – Solo Show & Sale
2002-2008 The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto – Group Shows & Sales
2008 ArtPlus Gallery, Belleville, Ontario – Group Show “Intrigue”
Women’s Art Association of Canada – Group Show – “Friends Who Paint”
The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto Members’ Show – sculpture sale
2012 Cricket Club of Toronto – Spring Art Show
2009 – 2016 Women’s Art Association of Canada – 5 group shows each year
To date – Portrait commissions in various medium
– murals; decorative screens; etc.
– sculpture instruction classes