Anna Kutishcheva, Fairy Mound in Spring

Anna Kutishcheva, Fairy Mound in Spring, acrylic on canvas, 91.5 x 118 cm, $3500

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

The work accepted to the VAM 2011 Juried Show called Fairy Mound in Spring. It was inspired by a real place, though of course I played with composition a bit. Lowville park not far from Milton, on Guelph Line. I often visit this park early in the morning, paint small studies, and take reference pictures;  it has a beautiful Bronte creek ravine, with old trees and open space, and because it’s a steep wet ravine, it has amazing light shows created by fogs, evaporating dew and melting snow in spring.   I tried  to capture the spirit of the places, elusive moments between winter and spring.  If there are fairy folks in Ontario, probably it’s very likely place where you can meet them. The sad thing about Lowville park that the field behind trees on the painting is designated for future cricket field with artificial (!) grass. I painted the work in a week, though spend all last spring on location.

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

I’m painting all my life. My love for the outdoors came from my Grandma; she was a teacher/writer and told me many amazing stories about Earth spirits. I remember that she used to spend all days in the woods, come home in the evening and bring me some souvenir (small branch, twisted root) and tell an amazing story.

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

I live in Oakville and do not have whole impression of the art scene in Mississauga, though my limited experience was always very positive. Think that VAM and Mississauga art council are doing a great job, and the future of art in Mississauga looks very good.

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

Nothing new, I’m afraid: as in any area of human activity you need passion, skill and hard work; don’t forget to put some effort in making your name recognizable.

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?

Quite a lot:

January 26 – February 22, 2011  Solo Show Bruce Trail Illustrated, Burlington Art Centre, reception Jan. 27, 6:30-9:00 pm

Burlington Art Centre Art Auction 2011 
Auction Free Previews Dates and Times: Weds. Feb 9 & Thurs., Feb 10, noon to 9pm; Fri. Feb 11 noon to 5 p.m. Advance bids are welcome throughout the preview.
Auction Date and Time: Friday, February 11, 8pm
Location:  The Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
March 3-6, 2011 Artist Project Toronto

August 11th (Preview Night), 12th, 13th & 14th, 2011 Buckhorn Fine Art Festival

I have a website: www.mahnart.com   Have a Facebook account where I send all updates, new works and so on, just search for my name.

See Anna Kutishcheva’s Fairy Mound in Spring 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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