C. Joy McCallister, Canadian artist
Artist’s Statement 2021
My art is inspired by a long-standing background in dance, a love of music and nature, and my maritime roots. I naturally love to bring a sense of rhythm and movement to my artwork, and am happiest when it is high impact with vibrant colours. For me, it’s primarily about offering an intimate view of nature and having fun with my chosen subject. So much in our lives and nature is really just a dance of sorts, and so it is with painting. Connect with a brush as your dance partner, and it can bring about quite unexpected results.
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. A retired training designer, administrator, and instructor, I began my art journey in 1995 with the decorative arts. Upon retirement I expanded my art horizons and experimented with many art forms. Alhough my art interests remain varied, my preference has evolved to be abstract realism imposed on intimate views of nature. Forcing myself outside my comfort zone always instills renewed energy for my art.
I am primarily self-taught but have taken a few art workshops to explore techniques and strengthen my skills. Two milestone courses at the Haliburton School of Art & Design continue to impact my art. In 2002, a 5-day Painting Wildlife course with Canadian artist David Alexander Risk greatly expanded my horizons and I realized I should take art further, and David’s teachings from that time remain a strong influence. In 2016, Robert Bateman’s 4-day Passions & Practices course supplemented David’s course and refreshed my outlook. The combined teachings of these two Canadian artists became a powerful catalyst for me to take my art to a new level, and I’ve not looked back since.
I enjoy giving the occasional beginner art workshop as time permits, some in support of community programs and fundraisers. It’s the beginners I enjoy teaching the most, for they inspire me and can refresh my approach to my own art. I hope you enjoy viewing my work. Comments welcome