We are all looking forward to seeing you, sharing what we have been working on and showing our studios!!
Saturday & Sunday
October 13th and 14th
How do you work?
With music and dancing! But seriously, I love realism. No matter what medium I am working in or how I choose to approach my subject or develop my work – it always comes back to selecting the important details. I approach my work as if I am sculpting with paint.
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
So many memories that I love. How much I love the feeling of the sun! Being inquisitive. The smell of the ocean. The sound of the trembling aspens dancing with the gently breezes when sitting right under them. The colour of wild flax flowers. Did I mention the ocean?
I really think because it choose me. In a difficult time it became my therapy by allowing me to focus on something other than the situation I was coping with. Then it became an outlet to look at the situation head on and paint all about it. I have never looked back. Art is my outlet. Have never stopped. It’s been 30+ years. I will never stop.
What do you dislike about your work?
Most of my paintings go through an “ugly” stage. I am particularly hard on myself when looking at the painting during this time. I often wish I could paint looser with bold deliberate strokes. I have tried a looser approach and then go back in and paint over it. It’s all about what I like to call “painterly realism” with me.
What do you like about your work?
Mostly the feeling of accomplishment when I am signing a piece. Sometimes, when I see a piece that I have not seen for awhile, I stop and look at it – I am always surprised how much they will pull me in. I remember almost every stroke and how I felt paining it.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
To do the best I can possibly do! I love to work in series. This is where I feel I learn the most about my subject and will often explore similar ideas in various mediums.
What wouldn’t you do without?
An eraser ha ha.
But seriously with poured watercolour – my rubber cement pickup; with traditional water-colours – good brushes; acrylics – patience, I kid you not! Oh and my good fine mist spray bottle; oils – gloves, honestly I get paint all over me!
Helen is stop # 6 on the tour
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Who are you and what do you do?
Hi I am Krista Hasson and I am an artist but I am also a:
I am also the Atlantic Canadian Regional Representative for the Society of Canadian Artists as well as their Treasurer.
I am a painter inspired by nature. The vast array of colourful flowers, beautiful landscapes and peaceful trails through the woods keep me captivated and fuel my creative spirit.
I am represented by:
Handworks Gallery – Saint John, NB
Fog Forest Gallery – Sackville, NB
What is the best and worst thing about your profession?
The best part of being an artist is actually getting to create art for a living! The worst part about being an artist is that it can be lonely especially when your studio is in your home. I actually work one night a week outside the studio just to be able to interact with other humans. (the cats don’t say much)
How has your practice changed over time?
I started with watercolor and realism and I have since used just about every medium out there. I specialize in watercolor on rice paper employing a technique similar to batik. As time has passed my goal is no longer to paint an exact copy but to paint the feeling or impression of the subject that I am painting. I try not to fuss with the details. I have always painted nature and I can’t imagine not doing so, though lately I have been feeling pulled toward more figurative subjects. I am constantly experimenting and trying new mediums and techniques; as an artist I believe you never stop learning.
What is your favourite or most inspirational place?
Being out in nature is my favourite and most inspirational place. I would much rather be out in the woods over a shopping mall any day.
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
My strongest memories from childhood are the hours I spent playing in the woods. Creating art is a close runner up.
Krista is Stop # 4 on the tour
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Inspired by nature in all its beauty, I live and paint from her home in Rothesay, NB. Trained and registered as an Architect (Reg. AANB), painting has always been my passion.
I’m working with the award-winning firm Acre Architects in Saint John, we are working on some very amazing projects at this time and have recently been awarded the “Prix de Rome” in architecture. We have a lot of exciting things coming up in the future.
I work mostly in oils but also in both watercolour and acrylics. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects including, landscapes, boats, seascapes and florals.
Why do you do what you do?
I use painting as a relation tool. When I sit down at my easel I can tune out everything else in my life that is going on at that moment. I love painting landscapes since it is very different from my work in architecture, less strict and more fluid.
What is your most important artist tool?
For me I would have to say oil paints. I keep trying different brands and types of acrylic paints, but I haven’t been happy with the vibrancy of the colours. As you can see from my paintings I love vibrant colours. I will keep playing around with acrylics, but they aren’t my favourite.
Name three artists that inspire you?
Gordon Harrison, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr, their art really shows off the beauty of our Canadian landscape.
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been painting all my life, I even stole my mother’s tole paints and painted everything in sight. I then discovered an old set of oil paints of my grandfathers and that was the
end of tole painting.
What themes do you pursue?
I paint mostly our maritime landscapes. It’s so beautiful here that there is always something that I see that is inspiring. Lately I’ve been painting a lot of sunsets, I love that time of day when the colours are in the sky and it’s so quiet and peaceful. It’s almost as if a hush comes on the world because of the beauty
Jill is Number 1 on the tour
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