Maureen MarykaCreativity, in one form or another, has always been a force in my life, either through art, music, or design. All those influences really came together when I took up painting in my 40s, and my world opened up in so many interesting new ways. I joined the Calgary Sketch Club and Calgary Community Painters, and through these groups took incredible workshops, exhibited at a number of shows, sat on the Board, and most importantly, enjoyed the company of like-minded people. Once I moved to Quadra Island, B.C. in 2012, I joined the Quadra Island Studio Tour, for both the weekend event and year-round. I was delighted to be juried into the Federation of Canadian Artists, and immediately joined the Arrowsmith Chapter of the FCA. I am also a member of the Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River Arts Council, the Comox Valley Regional Arts Council, and Pearl Ellis Gallery. I paint acrylic landscapes in a Contemporary-Impressionist style. Vibrant colour is important to me, but I am careful to balance it with soft edges and quiet spaces.Like the impressionists, my work often portrays visible brushstrokes, a suggestion of movement, and the idea of taking an ordinary view and creating something extraordinary from it. I am represented by: The Crystal Lodge Gallery (Whistler) The Village Gallery (Sidney) The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Sales and Rentals) Sooke Harbour House Works of H'Art (Quadra Island) Please visit me at my unique timber-frame studio and gallery on Quadra Island. 12-620 Helanton Rd. (three rights from the Q Cove ferry) 250-285-2547 or 778-348-9059 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.marykastudios.com
When creating a painting, my goal is to evoke a heightening of the senses in the viewer; see all the shades of colour, smell the salt air, feel the energy. Inspired by the beauty of the West Coast, my paintings express energy through the use of bold colour, deliberate brushstrokes, texture, and a sense of movement.