While I was working as a secretary for the government I took evening classes at the Extension Department of the University in mostly drawing classes as well as composition and print making. For five years I had private lessons from a well known artist. I did watercolors from photos of the prairies. When I was about 40 I decided to take one year off. After this I decided to pursue my art. I took my work to the department of culture. They said that I had talent and recommended that I join an artists’ organization.
Within the first year I was accepted as an active member which allowed me to be juried into shows. My first group show was in the art organization’s gallery. I took many workshops from well known artists.
Two or three years after this I joined another art group. There was an annual exhibit where an artist was guaranteed to get in at least with one art work.
I have regularly exhibited in the annual members’ show. When I was 39 years old I was accepted in a fine artist gallery where which lasted 20 years. In this same year I tried one more time to get in to the Edmonton Art Club and succeeded. The gallery attendant also said that there was a market for paintings and prints and cards of known buildings in the city that I lived in.
I took her advice and painted regularly and painted small pictures of buildings and skylines of the city.
In my submission to apply to the art club the critics were especially attracted to my miniature paintings. It was the beginning of my professional art career.
I sold original paintings of the prairies as well as prints and cards of the city buildings successfully for several years in the gallery and three gift shops.
Works of Art (click to enlarge)
A Day to Play
A Good Day