How long have you been painting?
I took some high school courses in painting and then did not have an opportunity to take it up again until after I retired from elementary school teaching. I have enjoyed taking art classes from Cheryl for the last four years.
Why did you first want to learn to paint?
I knew that I enjoyed being creative with visual elements such as flower arranging. I also appreciated the work of many artists, so I wanted to venture out and try it myself.
What type of paint do you like to work in?
Usually the project dictates the type of paint. I work in tube acrylics to create impasto effects and liquid acrylics for special effects such as pouring backgrounds and glazing. I paint portraits with water mixable oils.
Do you have a favourite subject?
I enjoy painting people, places and flowers that are meaningful to me or my family.
What inspires you to be creative?
I am inspired by shapes in nature, memories and ideas such as family love.
Do you have any favourite artists?
Some of my favourite artists are Robert Bateman, van Gogh, Renoir and many of the Group of Seven painters.
How does painting affect your life?
Time spent painting enables me to forget other stresses in my life. Painting also gives me a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. But I must give myself permission to be a learner on an artistic adventure!
Painting by Dorothy Macfarlane