Lifelines Exhibit/ ArtZone Gallery Questions
1) You’ve had a very interesting life and have managed to keep art a part of it. Perhaps you could elaborate a bit on this:
Every life is interesting and has a story to tell. Art making and art appreciating have always been an integral part of mine. Without it life would be horrendously boring.
2) Was there any turning point or landmark in your art career that you can share with us:
Yes. I ran a small business bookkeeping, wordprocessing, etc. One of my clients was paraplegic. A man who made great contributions to those in similar circumstances and to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. He told me once that a person should do what they love. He died suddenly in 2000 at the age of 51. That was my epiphany, I decided then that everything I did would have an art component. So now I make art , volunteer as a docent at AGNS, became an elected member and Atlantic rep for the Society of Canadian Artists and began Artspa with a group of artists that meet every Tuesday to create art and conversation.
3) Could you share with us something about your art creation process, how it starts, choice of the subject, the medium, the title? a little about your take on this and your process (time frame/ application)
I use water based mediums, simply because they dry quickly and I can glaze , add texture/layers and collage during the creative process. I like working fast and furious. I am known for my floral paintings which I do from memory and emotion. I like change and work on a variety of series at any given time. I start a new subject when I am inspired by a story, an experience or the natural environment. Titles are intuitive.
4) What drew you to painting over other media – are you exploring any new media now?
Painting allows me to put down my reaction to a subject in a visceral way. It’s what I enjoy doing. I have taken classes/workshops in photography, pottery, blacksmithing, printmaking and always find a way to incorporate what I’ve learned into my artworks. I am now working on a series of landscapes in water mixable oil on small boards, probably because I am reading “Defiant Spirits” a book about the Group of Seven. I’d like to learn letterpress printing and sculpture.
5) You always seem to have interesting narratives or stories about your work. As your work here on display "Life Lines", what would you like us to have as a take away from either any specific works or the collection as a whole? Do you have a particular mood or emotion you want us to share in?
Most of my work is narrative to some degree. Lifelines came from a medical emergency I had in March. Made me realize we are all born with an expiration date! I wanted to capture some of the intensity of how I felt during and afterwards. I am certain making the artwork had a healing effect. Viewers can decide for themselves how the artworks make them feel. I can only hope it is a positive experience.
6) What do people not know about you that you would like to share with us tonight?
I am a closet accordionist!
7) What is some of the best advice you received as an artist that you could share with us today at Art Zone Gallery?
It’s never too late to do what you love.
"Man in Black" will be heading to the 47th Open National Juried Exhibit at the Gainsborough Galleries in Calgary, Alberta This mixed media artwork was inspired by a trip to Nashville, a beautiful place overflowing with music and creativity. Exhibit opens on July 25th.
I am honoured to be included in this "best of acrylic painting" publication. The book is scheduled for release in Canada on March 12th. Dharavi:The Used, Refused & Recycled#3, acrylic with collage, charcoal and watercolour pencils on TerraSkin paper, is featured on page 30. Here is the link:
Homage to Degas from the bronze “La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans”
28”x 38” on TerraSkin paper 2015
I decided to paint La Petite Danseuse from an 1881 sculpture by Edgar Degas of a young student of the Paris Opera Ballet dance school which I saw at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
The exact relationship between Marie van Goethem and Edgar Degas is a matter of debate. It was common in 1880 for the "Petits Rats" of the Paris Opera to seek protectors from among the wealthy visitors at the back door of the opera.
One critic, Paul Mantz, called her the "flower of precocious depravity," with a face "marked by the hateful promise of every vice" and "bearing the signs of a profoundly heinous character."
I, on the other hand, have given her an air of determination and grace in her bronze stance.
I have used acrylics, oil pastels, gloss medium/varnish and collaged her classical bell tutu using newspaper from a late 19th century copy of Le Petit Parisien that I acquired on my travels.
J’espère que vous apprécierez cette peinture!
Andrea Pottyondy, SCA
I am honoured to be included in this beautiful art book created by the Hungarian Visual Artists of Canada to celebrate their 15th anniversary. May this art group continue to grow and prosper! http://www.huvac.ca/ I have donated a copy of this book to the Halifax Central Library and the Library of Parliament in Ottawa.
"Dharavi: The Used, Refused and Recycled #4 has won an Award of Merit in the SCA 46th Open Juried Exhibition in Salmon Arm, BC (Sept 5th to 27th).
A trip to India in 2012 and visit to one of the world's largest slums was my inspiration for painting a series of nine artworks. You can view the artworks in this exhibit on-line at www.societyofcanadianartists.com
Had a fabulous, successful weekend at Paint the Town in Annapolis Royal. This fundraiser for ARCAC is so well organized that artists just need to paint Annapolis Royal's beautiful scenery en plein air ("in the open air"). Runners picked up paintings in pizza boxes and pre-ordered lunches were delivered! We (me and three art buddies) stayed at the King George Inn where our colourful host Faith made sure we were comfortable and instructed us on the finer points of Victorian etiquette. It was quite amusing! We decided to paint in the Historic Gardens which gave us lots of creative inspiration. In two days I managed to paint 18 smaller canvasses from 4"x4" up to 6"x16" and I only took four home. It was great meeting old and new artist friends, watching the silent auction in action and enjoying great times with friends. We'll be back!
I am thrilled to be one of the winners of the AcrylicArtworks 2: Radical Breakthroughs contest. My work along with 115 artworks by other artists,out of over 1200 submissions, will be published in a book in the coming year. I enjoy the challenge of acrylics with other mediums to express my artworks. Here is the link for the AcrylicWorks 1: The Best of Acrylic Painting is now available in the North Light Shop, Amazon and other retailers!
I am delighted to participate in "Spring Fresh", a group exhibit at the Carroll's County Arts Centre in Westminster, Maryland. Susan Williamson, CCAC Visual Arts Coordinator, jewelry artist, Fine Arts Professor at Carroll Community College and traveller extraordinaire, invited me to participate in an exhibit featuring Karen Peacock, Minad Konsolas, Leah Spencer, Claudia Olivos, Sergio Olivos and Lesley Giles. Spring Fresh opens on March 4th and runs until April 5th.
I said yes when Katherine J. Barrett, editor Understorey Magazine, contacted me about featuring "Rooted" with one of the short stories published in its first edition. Here is the link to "On My Dining Room Table" written by Sylvia D. Hamilton. I think the art complements the story.....enjoy.