Rhea lives in Edmonton where she works in her home studio painting watercolours, acrylics and oils. She has always loved painting and now that she has retired from teaching, is able to devote more time and energy to her new career as a visual artist.
Rhea has participated in numerous workshops, notably with Mike Svob, Brian Atyeo, Gregg Johnson and Stephen Quiller. In the last few years she has enjoyed painting en plein air as a member of the Jasper Watercolour Retreat Society in Jasper and at Lake O’Hara.
Rhea was awarded the Edmonton Art Club’s Card-Alling Scholarship in 2015 and received an Honourable Mention at a juried show in 2013. She is the Edmonton Art Club’s current vice-president.
Rhea’s work has been exhibited in the Edmonton Art Club’s group shows at Jake’s Framing and Gallery, the Ottewell Centre and the Misericordia Hospital. She has also has many solo exhibitions at various venues including the Mezzanine Gallery at the Glenrose Hospital and the Varscona Theatre.
I love to paint en plein air but I do my best work in my studio where the weather conditions are perfect and there are few distractions. I love to draw, the more complex and intricate the better, but I try to simplify the composition when painting.
Bright, vivid colours excite me, but I also enjoy the subtle nuances of soft grays and muted hues. I love it all: making marks on paper or canvas, exploring the variety of subject matter and media, learning more by attending workshops and experimenting with new techniques.
Robert Genn must have had me in mind when he wrote; “Painting is a job for a certain type of person, sort of a stubborn individualist with a strong focus and a butterfly mind.” Although I flit from one idea to another and explore a variety of materials and methods, I persist in trying to capture a mood, a feeling or a passage of light. My artistic passion is to create stunning paintings that make the viewer think, wonder and enjoy.