1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.
The acrylic painting Golden Days was inspired by my love of autumn’s brilliant foliage colour.
The rich golds, reds and yellows of the tree leaves, contrasting with the softer blues and greens of the water and ground shadows, give me a combined sense of tranquility and energy. Although the scene is fictional, it appears as a place I would like to come upon while out for a walk in the country on a lovely October afternoon. I would like to go through the trees toward the lake and sit there for a while, enjoying the freshness of the air and the peace of nature.
In this piece, the underpainting is solid scarlet red, which is allowed to show through where the sun would shine on the tree trunks and branches. It was painted in two sessions – one for the underpainting, and about two hours of creating the picture itself. I used a variety of small brushes to create the details.
2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?
I first became seriously interested in creating art while earning my degree in Interior Design at Sheridan College. It was a natural transition for me to transfer the elements of line, colour, texture and shape from the 3-dimensional to the 2-dimensional arena of canvas and/or paper.
I have been painting for about 10 years, first with watercolour which remains my favourite media, and more recently with acrylic. I work mostly at Neilson Part Creative Centre with the Humber Valley Art Club and the Etobicoke Art Club. My work has been shown frequently in the gallery there and also at Gallery Streetsville. It has been accepted into several juried shows elsewhere, and for the second consecutive year at the VAM Juried Art Show.
3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?
I believe the art scene in Mississauga is alive and well with many opportunities for new artists to learn and grow.
4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?
Enjoy the learning process and keep trying different techniques and media.
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?
After the VAM Juried Show I plan to enter work into the Juried Exhibition held at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery in Etobicoke, an Artists’Choice Show at Neilson Park, and an upcoming show in Clarksburg, Ontario.
See Anne Noble’s Golden Days 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.