VISUAL ARTISTS OF WELLAND - MEMBER
"Pablo Picasso once said "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." I too ‘grew up,’ but fortunately -as pointed out by my daughter, Sarah- my life's journey has been full of creativity and realized artistic visions, and is now custom-designed for my visual art form, what I like to call "Texturalism.”"
As a sewer Annette created a line of children's clothing and one-of-a-kind skating dresses, and her design compositions of colour and texture were on, and out of, every kind of fabric.
As a gardener, landscape designer, and home renovator/flipper & stager Annette reshaped grounds and home interiors, and she used colour and every texture available to create her visions of light, form, and space.
In the pursuit of her artistic dream Annette took numerous community and college courses/classes, including watercolour, pottery, acrylic painting, block-printing, acrylic pours, and faux-finishing.
Now, as a visual artist, Annette is creating her visual works of art with texture, colour, and composition.
She call herself a "Texturalist" because she quite often use textures such as stucco, Venetian plaster, etc., as her 'ground' and starting-point on canvas. The way Annette applies her texture is dictated by her composition: if she's doing an abstract piece the texture is freely applied; if her composition is structured it's applied purposefully. "Texture" also directs the way she applies her acrylic paint, whether it's with a brush, a palette knife, a spatula, or whatever it takes to create her desired effect. Annette feels that the texture she establishes is enhanced by her use of metallic paints (pearlescence, gold, silver, etc.)
Annette is drawn to the Fauves use of colour and would describe her style as that of a modern day post-impressionist in that she prefers to use broad strokes of vibrant, arbitrary colour. She will often place people in her compositions in the hopes of creating a connection between her painting and the viewer.
Just as Canadian artist, Clarence Gagnon (1881-1942), stated his purpose was to “catch the spirit of Canada and the French Canadian life,” Annette's purpose is to catch the spirit of 21st century Niagara in an array of ‘series of works’ which will capture: its culture, people, its diversity, its wineries, its attractions, etc., as well as its mid-20th century rural and industrial roots and the future she sees in it’s becoming the GNA (Greater Niagara Area) and its future role as Ontario's southern cultural playground.
This is important to her because Annette grew up in St. Catharines and returned to the Niagara area -specifically Fonthill, to raise her family- after having lived in Toronto for about ten years; having lived in a huge metropolitan area for an extended period of time she gained a deep appreciation for the small town feel, particularly that of Fonthill.
Annette used to think her art journey was an interrupted one, but now she realizes she has been on an ever-advancing journey of discovery. Now, if she can borrow the words that Vincent Van Gogh once wrote to his brother Theo:
"I am seeking, I am striving, and I am in it with all my heart"