Susan Dain, Lock

Susan Dain, Lock, acrylic, 121.9 x 91.4 cm, NFS

Susan Dain was awarded 1st Honourable Mention for Lock in Visual Arts Mississauga’s 33rd Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts.

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

The piece that I have at the VAM show called Lock is from a series that I have been painting on canals and locks that started with the Panama Canal. I was inspired by the sheer size and scope of the engineering feat that created the canals. And the ability to channel water to transport ships across land.

This painting is of the Kirkfield Lift Locks in Ontario. I like to work with a limited palette and create power in the painting using value contrast and shape. I worked toward achieving a tension between the massive scale of the structure and the smaller openings that show depth and allow breathing room.

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

I first started drawing as a child and have been involved in art in some way ever since.

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

It seems to be a very active and growing art community.

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

Becoming involved in diverse and active art group is the best way I know to grow as an artist.

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’m going to continue working on the Locks and Canals series and hope to find somewhere to show it as a whole. I have artwork at the Latitude 44 Gallery at 2900 Dundas Street. I am currently working on a new website.

See Susan Dain’s Lock 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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