Jose Zamora, Beneath the Mother’s Wings, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 55.5 cm, $1000
1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.
Beneath the Mother’s Wings portrays a swan protecting her young ones from any dangers. (I may consider it symbolic: the mother swan represents “Mother Canada” keeping her “children” safe under her protective wings). It took me quite sometime to finish it under “on and off” process.
2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?
I was interested in creating art since I was young, deeply amazed by the beautiful surroundings.
3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?
Art scene in Mississauga has its unique qualities. It is subjective to foresee into where it is heading to in ten years. But with a positive attitude, it will progress with the will of God.
4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?
For the young aspiring artists, love arts for the sake of arts. To paraphrase what the internationally renowned Canadian Wildlife Artist Mr. Robert Bateman said, “Consider the purity of arts, although, an artist somehow is affected by how to provide food on the table.”
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?
I don’t have anything lined up after the VAM show. I have only 2 paintings shown in my Facebook using my name Jose Tambo Zamora. I hope to improve it next time.
See Jose Zamora’s Beneath the Mother’s Wings 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.