My gallery consists of maritime digital paintings. It's a relatively new medium so I'm often asked to explain and occasionally defend digital art. I look to the example set by my favourite artist, Henri Matisse. As a member of the French Fauvist movement,a term of derision meaning wild beast, Matisse was prolific despite public outrage at his orgiastic use of colour. He, like scores of artists before him, pushed boundaries and challenged the status quo. Art is always evolving to reflect, challenge and even change societal beliefs. Although materials and styles vary, artists have always shared such constants as a flair for aesthetics, a good eye for composition and an ability to communicate via form and colour. And so, the marriage of technology and art does not lessen the merit of its offspring; indeed, a digital painting is a work of art.
Biography: My journey as an artist started drawing when I was barely old enough to clutch a crayon. I drew on everything, and continued drawing voraciously throughout my teens. My high school art teacher, a former student of Alex Colville, presented me with the art award at graduation and encouraged me to study fine art at university. Alas, I didn't feel confident in my abilities, so I went into teaching instead. When my students learned of my love of art, they begged me to teach them. That is how I came to be a high school art teacher. Their enthusiasm for art reawakened my passion to create. I began studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where I dabbled in a wide array of media. Eventually, I left teaching to pursue a long overdue career in art. Since then I have freelanced as a Web designer and have created Christmas art cards which sold at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia gift shop. I currently enjoy creating digital paintings as well as more conventional acrylic paintings.
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