Getting to know Helen Shideler

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What work do you most enjoying doing?

I am a detail oriented person who, for some reason is attracted to complexity.  This shows in my art and almost everything else I take on.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

So many. Ocean waves. Sitting under aspens and listening to their leaves dance in the wind.  Playing with friends outside. Warm sunshine.  Not liking bees.

Why art?

Because I can’t sing and really wish I could.  But seriously – producing art has helped me through some very difficult times. I get a great deal of satisfaction from painting. I have been drawing since I was a small child drawing animals over and over.  I can still remember when I discovered that you can add shading to a line drawing!

Upon graduating for high school I was fortunate to win the Clyde Finnamore Memorial Scholarship for Sunbury Shore Art and Nature Centre.  I was able to take a three week art course with Gary Lowe.  It was literally life altering.  Wildlife art in watercolour.   Cathy Ross was there as well.  Pretty cool. They gave me the keys to the place and I stayed each day as long as I could.  Did some Plein Air painting as well.  My first watercolour was of a blue jay feather. The second was of a large red vase overflowing with wildflowers.  See, complexity even at 17!

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

A few actually.  Once when I was working on Drama Queen a full sheet painting of white lilies, I had gotten distracted and painted in a house fly. Shortly after I had a visitor to the studio before I was able to get the petal under it painted.  The person was standing there talking to me and tried to shoo the fly a couple of times.  Still makes me laugh. 

Name something you love, and why.

Spring. Fresh Air. The Beach. Nature. Birds. Furry creatures. Colour.  Dappled sunlight. Just because I guess

You can see more of Helen’s work by visiting her website and blog at www.helenshideler.com 

 

Getting to know Helga Lobb

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How has your art practice changed over time?

I now work on 4 to 6 paintings at a time, creating a series, exploring all the possibilities of a given scene or idea.

What work do you most enjoy doing ?

I love painting that definitely comes first with gardening and travelling a close second.

What is your favourite artwork?

Impossible to choose! There are so many great works of art. Each century has its own masters, but Rembrandt’s portraits still bring tears to my eyes, Paul Gauguin’s sense of color makes me envious.

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What memorable responses did you have to your work?

I had a letter from a lady who bought a painting a few years ago telling me how much pleasure my painting still gives her. That makes me very happy; it lets me hope that my work will have enduring value.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Let paint be paint! You are creating a painting, so let your impression and your feeling show in what you say on the canvass.

What would you not do without?

Good paint, good brushes and a good glass of wine!

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Getting to know Donna Berry

Favorite art work?

I have enjoyed creating so many pieces over the years but one of my favorites is a  recent work of a female Mallard duck. Taking the time to watch and photograph her as she waddled around the parking lot at Lily Lake. Then resting close to my car hoping to be fed. When I began creating the painting I was already connected to the cute little duck and this made producing it much more enjoyable.

 

Real life situation that inspired me?

This would have to be the implosion of the General Hospital in 1995. After this event I produced a series of surreal paintings because like many people is this area I was connected to the old building for I was born there as well as my children. It was a massive structure with atmosphere of healing. I attempted to duplicate this feeling in my surreal paintings.

What is my dream project?

I live my dream each time I pick up a brush and and apply paint to canvas.

What do I like most doing?

Going out on a sunny day when the shadows are long and search for inspirational sites along the beautiful Bay of Fundy.

How has my art practice changed over the year?

I feel today I am less distracted by life’s commitments and more focused on creating paintings. I work daily to achieve this. My favorite time of day to work is late afternoon and early evening leaving the morning for more physical activities such as going to the gym or working around my home.

To view more of Donna’s work, visit her Face Book page

Getting to know Anne Christensen

20170312_144734-1-1Describe a real life situation that inspired you.

It all happened at a professional development day at work. We had a choice of several short classes and I chose a watercolor. I was looking forward to it but found myself experiencing high anxiety looking at that white paper, to the point of feeling sick. I wanted to leave, but the instructor was a colleague and friend so I decided to stay for her sake.  As the morning wore on, I started to feel a creative release as fear was being exchanged for excitement, This was my turning point.

What work do you most enjoy doing?
Finding creative ways of teaching students with special needs.
What is your favorite art work?
 
It is usually my last one.
What themes do you pursue?
 
Since I work with found objects, it is often the things I find that decides what the outcome will be. Sometimes an idea comes to me after I close my eyes at night. Whimsical scenes is my favorite, putting normal things in odd places, or the other way around.
What are things you notice that inspires you?
 
Lines, but lines along with dots are just the best. Outlines of a row of houses, old doorways and windows, leaning hydro poles and all those random wires hanging and clumped together in the South End of Saint John, tree trunks, bark, the pattern left in the sand from water runoff on a beach or from a sea snail, waves, the pattern and colours on the back of a bug. frost on deck boards, snow on the window after a storm. Faces and other images in rocks, clouds and snow hanging on the windows after a storm.

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You may learn more about Anne by visiting Anne’s Face Book page

 

Getting to know Sue Hooper

Nov. 25, 2009 Kâté Braydon/Telegraph-Journal Sue Hooper in her garden.

How has your art/practice change over time?

I trained and worked as a graphic designer and loved the “art/designing”part, then into a new business, SUMO, hand painting clothing while my children were little…then into “serious” art, painting and drawing…teaching and starting Art at Hooper Studios with my Mom, Kathy and now….a new passion… studying, teaching and practising Energy Wellness along with my first love….being an artist. I am so lucky!

What work do you most enjoying doing? 

I love gardening. Mostly flowers but vegetables too.

What’s your favourite art work? 

Wow,  So many works I love. I love many of my Mom’s pieces…she has such an incredible imagination. My Dad’s, amazing… and I truly treasure a metal sculpture my brother Rafe made me for my birthday one year. He would never say he was an artist but he is!

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Going on a trip back to South Africa with my mom and going with Freeman Patterson and friends deep into the desert and camping for a week. It was a life changing experience and has deeply inspired me.

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I love tea, its such a comfort…probably because “tea” was such a big part of my family life together ever since I was young.  A song that inspires/brings me joy… is my five year old grandson Marcus singing “A spoon full of sugar” from his favourite movie, Mary Poppins.

What is  your  favourite or most inspirational place?

The Lower Norton Shore Road that runs along the Kennebecasis River is one of my most beloved places. It inspires me on every walk.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? 

The best piece of advise lately came from nature. Every step forward….with presence, every word spoken….with presence and every thought….with presence.

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