Getting to know Krista Hasson

How did you first get into painting?

I have been making art ever since I can remember. My mother always encouraged me to draw and paint. It has always been a part of who I am.

Describe your creative process. Does experimentation come into play?

This method is a very non-traditional method of painting, it uses wax in a similar fashion to batik but I use rice paper and watercolour instead of fabric and dye. This process is very exciting to me with the many alternating layers of colour and wax. Normally you would watch your painting come to life as you paint it, but with this method of painting I have to trust my creative instincts until the end when I remove all of the wax and see the final result. I am constantly experimenting and trying new mediums and techniques; as an artist I believe you never stop learning.

What draws you to paint natural forms and landscapes?

Growing up in the country gave me a lasting connection with nature. The vast array of colourful flowers, beautiful landscapes and peaceful trails through the woods kept me captivated. These qualities of nature are what fuel my creative spirit and are reflected in my art.

Colour seems to play an integral role in your pieces. Can you talk about your approach to colour?

I have always been drawn to bold rich colours. With the watercolour batik I do not mix colours. I layer one colour and after it is dry, I layer another one on top of it to make the next colour I need. This gives the colours a variegation and glow that is not possible when you use a mixed colour.

What current projects are you working on?

I have recently started painting flowers in oil; I love the vibrant colours and texture that can be achieved with this medium.

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New work from Martha Millard

Check out the amazing new work from Martha.  We love all the fresh new colours.

My pottery is constantly changing and evolving, most is functional although some pieces are purely whimsical. My functional forms are simple with subtle alterations, a little texturing and glazes that blend together seamlessly, pleasing both to the eye and the hand. It is designed to be used and enjoyed daily.  Because each piece is made by hand, no two are identical. This is due to the nature of the clay, the glaze and me leaving signs of the creative process like throwing lines and marks from tools or my fingers.

There is something special about things made of clay.  Each piece unique and imperfect, very much like our selves.

As someone arranges flowers in a vase, arranges food on a platter or wraps their hands around a warm coffee mug, I like to think that I have touched them in some way.

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MJM POTTERY – Martha Millard

6 Goldie Court

Rothesay, NB

 

 

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 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.

sue painting (1)What food, drink, song inspires you?

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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Getting to know Bruce Gray

How has your art/practice change over time?

The first quarter century I was heavily involve in nature photography, principally landscapes and close up images.  I also drew.  The last quarter century has seen a complete focus on art and considerable evolution.  Beginning with strictly wood furniture to incorporation of glass then stone in a wide range of art. Currently I find myself settling back into nature photography and pencil drawing while experimenting with sand carving of glass and stone.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

It is always what I am doing at the time.  Artistically, I am an “in-the-moment” person.

What is your dream project?

Commissioned for a project that is broadly defined, allowing me to express myself.  I have always found artists rise to another level when given the freedom.

 

What is  your  favourite or most inspirational place

Sounds corny, but our house and immediate surroundings.  Perched on a cliff above the water, we call it the Riverhouse.  It was designing and largely built by myself.  It is an artistic blend of energy efficiency, ergonomics and accessibility.  With inside trees, stone walls, expansive windows and no room rectangular.  Views through and outside are a constant treat and inspiration.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

The designing and building of the Riverhouse is the obvious continual inspiration.  To me it is a big blank canvas- from 32 foot curved shingle designed wall to cantilevered double towel rack in ash/ebony/carbon fiber.  Everything is an opportunity for expression.

What’s your favorite art work?

It is a toss up between a large oil abstract city-scape and a small pencil drawing of a galloping horse, both by my mother in the 1950 and 60’s.

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

Stay in the moment and believe in yourself.

For more information about Bruce , visit his page on this site.