Susan Clark, Silent Blanket

Susan Clark, Silent Blanket, oil on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, $1300

1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.

Having lived in Montreal, and a cottage in the Laurentians, I love winter and snowstorms. I now live on the 24th floor and enjoy the changes of weather patterns from quite a distance. I was amazed to actually watch the storm travel across the suburbs below from Milton blurring vision and building snow drifts as it came closer.

2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?

I was sick quite often as a child and my mother always encouraged the arts. Drawing and painting was something you did quietly.

3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?

There are few opportunities for artists to exhibit and generally arts in Canada are not encouraged or taught in the schools at a young age to be a part of daily enrichment and enjoyed. Everything is sports related. As for direction in the next 10 years, same as it’s always been, with the exception of more internet focus.

Art for artists.

4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?

Love what you do. Be true to your own style and expression, but find another means for income.

5. What do you have lined up after the VAM Juried Show? For people interested in finding more of your artwork, do you have a website, blog, Twitter account or gallery?

Lots of painting, more juried shows.

See Susan Clark’s Silent Blanket at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the VAM 33rd Annual Juried Show until February 26th.

Voting for People’s Choice Award ongoing until February 26th. Ballots available at Gallery reception.

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