Thank you for your support

We want to thank everyone who came visiting our studios this past weekend.  We all were excited to see so many people out and about.  It is always a pleasure for us to share our studios, our work and share our stories with you.

A special thank you to all our sponsors.

We could not do this without your support!

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This is the KCST Weekend!

 

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

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Getting to know Helen Shideler

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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?

Maritime Blues by Helen Shideler

Why art?

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.

Tender Blues
Tender Blues

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!

Borscht Anyone
Borscht Anyone

Helen is stop # 6 on the tour

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Getting to know Krista Hasson

Who are you and what do you do?

Hi I am Krista Hasson and I am an artist but I am also a:

  • Wife
  • Mother
  • People lover
  • Introvert who loves to talk lol
  • Animal lover – I have 2 cats (Charlie and Theo) but I love all animals
  • Joker with a really bad sense of humor
  • Elected member of the SCA (Society of Canadian Artists)

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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Getting to know Helga Lobb

What or who inspires you in your career?
I love to go to art galleries to see works of other artists, I come away     refreshed and ready to paint.
What themes do you pursue?
I love the coastline of the Atlantic Provinces, love the effect light has on the landscape, I have a large garden so flowers are also a theme I like to paint.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Best advice: JUST PAINT ! If you are not certain of what to do Just Paint
if you where right GREAT If you where not YOU LEARNED !
Tell us about your dream project?
My dream project is a 5’x6′ canvas. I am still thinking about it, waiting for the YES, THATS IT, THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO PAINT !!!
What wouldn’t you do without?
Two colors “Gold Green” by Golden and my newest favorite
” Quinacridon Nickel Azo Gold ” How is that for a name to remember
Helga is stop # 11 on the tour
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Getting to know Jill Higgins

cropped-jill-higgins-pic.jpgInspired 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.

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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.

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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

After the Race

Jill is Number 1 on the tour

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Getting to know Donna Berry

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Who am I and what do I do?

I am Donna Berry a visual artist and I produce realistic works of art using water mixable oil paints. Nautical scenes of the beautiful Bay of Fundy are often my inspiration. I enjoy the contrast in tonal values from the deepest blues of the Bay to the sparkling of highlights on the surface of the water produced with a mixture of yellow ochre, raw umber and white among other colors.

Is there an element of art I enjoy most?

The element of art I most enjoy is the period when objects in the painting start coming together. This happens as I work through the details by adding paints and blending various area together. At this point I will stand back and view my work. Although the painting is yet to be complete it will hold a degree of positivity and will soon be ready for public showing.

Best and worst part of  profession?

The best part of being an artist is having the ability to take an abstract idea through a creative process and with paints, brushes and canvas am able to transform the idea into a painting.

The worst part of my chosen profession is the uncertainty over whether a painting is sellable. Evenwith this factor I still paint subjects that inspire me rather then choose to paint what is popular at the time.

What is integral to my work?

An integral part of my work is producing paintings that reflect the beauty displayed in scenes around me.

Beauty is everywhere and my challenge is to capture this on canvas.

The most important artist’s tool

The most important tool for an artists in my opinion is the brush. The brush is the connection between the creative process and the canvas. As color is applied with the brush the creative process begins and with many necessary strokes applied a new painting begins.

Why do I do what I do

I choose to do this type of work because it is an important part of who I am. I express myself on canvas especially with my surreal paintings such as the works I produced after the implosion of the old General Hospital in 1995.

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