Art Spot: Suzanne Patry
WHO: I am a self-taught artist. When I was younger, I put aside this passion to pursue my first passion, a teaching career, and later a business in wellness practice.
WHAT: Watercolour is my favourite medium. I came to it through the influence of other artist friends, and more specifically when I received a bursary from the Ministry of Education to study at the Fine Art Faculty of Ottawa University in 1981.
WHERE: Since I moved from Ottawa to the Valley in 2013 I have been dedicated to my art. I have my studio at my residence. I enjoy painting with the Evangeline Artists cooperative and the Valley Brushes twice a week. I find it stimulating, and appreciate the mutual support and sharing of techniques. I show my artwork at the EAC website (evangelineartists.wixsite.com/arts/exhibitions) and have participated in many art shows, including The Acadia Annual Local Art Show, Jack’s Gallery (with the EAC Artists), the Wolfville Art Festival, The Multicultural Festival in Kentville, and at the Apple Bin Art Gallery at Valley Regional Hospital year round.
WHEN: When I joined the artists’ groups I felt I belonged to the artistic world. Also when people comment on my art and buy my paintings, I know that they touch them. I like to work on a daily basis and prefer mornings.
WHY: Art is a moment with myself that allows me to express my feelings through watercolour, and capture the beauty, the presence, the elegance, the harmony. Artists will tell you that art brings you into a space where time no longer exists.
Suzanne’s watercolours will be on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of January