at Rice Lake 2010
Rediscovering my creative side through painting and photography.
I am excited about this new chapter of my life!
I am originally from the United States, and in 1974 I crossed the border into Canada, settling in Toronto. In 2000 I moved downtown from the suburbs to the wonderful, vibrant, historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, not far from Lake Ontario. Since my retirement in 2009, after 29 years at a busy and stressful investment accounting job, I am devoting my time to a variety of artistic and creative pursuits. No more numbers!
Through the years I have taken various art courses in drawing and painting in the U.S. and in Toronto. Now I am seriously exploring both photography and painting.
When I retired I purchased my first digital camera, a Panasonic Lumix. Not the fanciest camera but I love using it and am happy with the results. I have attended several classes at Henry's School of Imaging, and may take more classes in photography in future. For now I enjoy experimenting on my own, surprising myself with what happens through my lens.
Since retirement I have taken landscape painting classes in acrylics and oils at Avenue Road Arts School and George Brown College Fine Arts Program. I am continuing my exploration of landscape painting with occasional classes taught by Stefan Galvanek at LucSculpture School. www.stefangalvanek.wordpress.com
See examples of my paintings on the Slide Show page.
I also enjoy creating sets on Polyvore, combining art with fashion - have a look at my sets at www.allie789.polyvore.com