C. Joy McCallister, Canadian artist
Artist’s Statement 2020
The art of dance was prominent in my life from early on and so began my love for expression through rhythmn and movement. My inspiration and who I am as an artist derives from that love of dance and music, as well as from my love of nature. Drawn to creating high impact art with vibrant colour, I strive to remain loose and impart movement and rhythmn in my artwork. It seems an innermost need for a little detail often creeps into my artwork, such as in the eyes of a bird or animal. Art, whether dance or painting, is a release mechanism that brings calming quiet and inner peace where time can seem meaningless. So much in our everyday life is a dance, and so it is with painting for me. I find if I allow my brush to be a dance partner, it can be fascinating to see what emerges.
Member Kawartha Arts Network
I’m a Nova Scotia born artist and live with my husband Chris in the village of Kirkfield in Ontario’s City of Kawartha Lakes. Painting came into my life in 1995 with the decorative arts. To discover my preferred art style and medium, I experimented with many art forms and media. Although my art interests remain varied, my preference is for abstract realism imposed on intimate views of nature. Forcing myself outside my comfort zone always instills renewed energy for my art. Primarily self-taught, I have taken a few art workshops to explore techniques and strengthen my skills.
Two milestone couses at the Haliburton School of Art & Design have had a significant impact on my art. In 2002, a 5-day Painting Wildlife course with Canadian artist David Alexander Risk greatly expanded my horizons as I realized I should take art further. As life can be, career and home priorities left little time for serious art until retirement. David’s teachings remain a strong influence.
In 2016, attending Robert Bateman’s 4-day Passions & Practices course refreshed my approach to art. The combined teachings of these two Canadian artists have become a powerful catalyst for me to take my art to a new level, and I’ve not looked back since.
Following a career in adult education, training design, and project management, it was natural I would end up giving art instruction as time permits. I enjoy teaching beginners most of all, so I give the occasional beginner acrylics workshop. Some have been in support of community programs and fundraisers. I hope you enjoy viewing my work. Comments welcome