I'm excited to tell you about the upcoming group show I'm a part of. It's called "Visions of Faith", and will be taking place on Saturday, July 13th from 6-10pm. It will be held at the Port Rowan MB Church on the 1st Concession in Messiah's Corners (just 5 minutes out of Port Rowan).
The other artists showing their work include my dad, Al Klassen, Ian Kutz, and world-wide award winning wildfowl carver Cam Merkle. Cam is flying here from Saskatchewan just for this event, and we are so fortunate to have someone with his talent showing at Visions of Faith. Cam will be giving a presentation at 7pm. There will also be refreshments and some finger foods. Admission is free.
The painting shown above is one of four new 'woodland' paintings I have been working on for this show. Come drop in on July 13th to see the rest of my woodland paintings, and to enjoy the rest of the artists work!
Two years ago my friend Katrina Janzen asked me to illustrate a children's book for her. Little did she know at that time that I had always wanted to work on a children's book. The illustrating was definitely out of my comfort zone (especially considering the subject matter was rather unfamiliar to me!). I ended up having a lot of fun with it.
I'm happy to announce that it is finally available on www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca. The proceeds will be helping literacy in Guatemala. For more information see the website for the book; www.inmypila.org.
Today Megan finished this painting. I love how it turned out. I was inspired by Megan as I watched her begin this project in the first few stages. Megan began this painting by "carving" out the shapes of the trees/branches by painting the negative shapes around them. This ended up being a rather gruelling task. I noticed the care and attention Megan gave to each brushstroke, and realized I needed to apply some of Megan's more thoughtful method to my own artwork. This is when I decided to work on my own painting of the woods (hence the small 'woodland' series I am in the middle of right now). Well done Megan!
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.