Sonya Beeler (Acrylic)
Art has been flowing through my veins since early childhood. Some of my first memories are of looking through my dad's school books about Cézanne, Renoir, van Gogh, Matisse, Monet...while he painted signs and posters and landscapes and people, sketched on the unpainted drywall in the living room or worked on political cartoons for the local paper I delighted in visiting my grandmother's turpentine-scented basement apartment and admired the delicate watercolours of blueberries and the bigger, bolder, darker oil seascapes, bullrushes, toadstools and train stations. I loved it all, and longed to be a part of that world. But we were separated before I started school, and I put all of that aside.
After raising a family and ending a career in banking, the art started to drip out of me at every turn, and I began to move from drawing and doodling and making story books for the children, to painting pictures of the children using a box of oils I'd gotten from my grandmother. After I sold my first painting to a neighbour, I bought some acrylics and some brushes and got my husband to cut me some masonite boards and I started painting what I saw around me.
Although I've learned quite a bit and made some progress from the practice of painting by myself, I'm excited to now be a part of an amazing group of artists and artisans in the community I love, and I'm looking forward to learning and growing from associating with and being mentored by as many of them as are willing. It feels like coming home.
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