Well this was a surprise in so many ways. Recently gallery owner Cheryl Bell emailed me about an interview, explaining producer Paul Kimball was creating a new show called Gallery 902 for Eastlink television. Sharing my art is why I paint, but having my photo taken (let alone being on film) is right up there with standing on the edge of a tall building. Not my favourite thing. However, director and host Veronica Reynolds invited me for coffee and put my mind more at ease. This might even be fun. In the end, it was actually a great experience and I'm so grateful for the opportunity.
As an interviewer, Veronica does her homework. She asked me to look back to when I first became an artist (it was as soon as I could hold a pencil), my transition from realism to abstract art, community art projects I've been involved in over the years, and all about my current work hanging at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to remember how this artistic journey all began, the challenges and high points along the way, and what lies ahead. Although I've always made art, it took me a long, long time before I would call myself an artist as I just felt so humbled by all the great artists I admired. But then I finally realized that being an artist was not something I wanted to do, it was who I always was from the start.
A huge thank you to Veronica and her team for the whole experience, for allowing me to share my story and my art. Personally I can't wait to see the entire upcoming series when it premieres in 2023. This province is blessed with an abundance of fabulous artists and each of them has their own personal story to tell.
Also a sincere thank you to Cheryl Bell, owner of both 14 Bells Fine Art and The Prow Gallery, for making this all possible.
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art