In February 2014, I went to sea with my husband aboard the ship, M/T Sarah Desgagnes. Exactly two years later, The Sarah Diaries Project is complete. Watch for complete details on this website.
The Paintings. The Book.
Coming in February 2016.
Thank you to Seventy3 Canadian Fusion for providing this opportunity to exhibit work in the wonderful atmosphere of their downtown restaurant. Select pieces from my Art of Jazz Series and Gemini Series will be featured. Everyone welcome.
Nova Scotia's South Shore is a beautiful section of the province. For the first time in many years, my artwork is now available on the South Shore in the seaside village of Chester. Going Coastal is a wonderful shop located at 41 Queen Street and features fine art and craft plus custom and prebuilt reclaimed furniture. My thanks to Robyn and Jeremiah for this opportunity ... and the excuse to visit the South Shore which is always a treat. Enjoy the art, enjoy Chester!
Creating work in my studio is a very personal experience. What began as an idea or feeling slowly takes shape through colour, movement, shape and texture. The next step is seeing the painting hanging in a gallery and that is always a revelation. At that point, the work has become public, standing on its own, open to interpretation. What I enjoy equally as much is seeing one of my paintings in a home or business setting where it moves one step further, now an integral part of a living environment. Having just placed a collection of work in a vibrant office setting, I am reminded how much artwork can enhance and influence our surroundings. That's what it's all about.
One year ago, I ventured to sea for the first time. It was an amazing experience on so many levels, but as an artist, I was immersed in sensory overload. I knew I had to share what I experienced as I best know how - through my artwork. This is the project I am working on now. Stay tuned for something special in 2016.
It is a Happy New Year. For me the winter months are a time for dedication and focus in my studio and this year is no different. I have a project on the go which is both exciting and challenging. This is how you grow as an artist. Time to stretch, consider options, try new methods, push farther and work hard. There are moments when the work comes quick and easy, other times may bring struggle, but great satisfaction in finding a solution. There is something wonderful about watching artwork grow and develop, to watch a project build upon itself. So please excuse me if I go silent for a time. I will update my progress periodically. I'm creating something special to share with you.
For many years I painted realism and recently a friend commissioned me to revisit those old skills. I must admit it was fun to see how my abstract work has maybe influenced my style, and shifting gears, if only briefly, was a nice change in pace. Happily the dog portrait is now gracing its new home in Toronto. I have no doubt that at some point I may paint more realism, but for the time-being, I still have much to explore in my abstract painting.
Working alone in your studio can be a bit isolating. The answer is ArtFocus, a discussion group for professional artists. We gather to share news and information, to discuss contemporary art issues, and to laugh and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. If you are an artist in the area, join us! If not, but you like the idea, why not start your own local discussion group?
A big thank you to Brandt Eisner and Swoon Fine Art for another wonderfully curated exhibit and a lovely opening reception. For those of you unable to attend the opening, the exhibit continues until August 31. I will actually be in the gallery on Sunday, August 10 from 12nn until 5pm and again on Tuesday, August 26 from 12nn until 6pm. Stop in to say hello!
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art