This week we are talking with Stella Wadsworth, an artist who works in many mediums; watercolor, oil & acrylic.
What kind of work do you create?
I create mostly landscapes, places I have visited and some family portraits.
How did you get started in your work?
Following my retirement from a busy career in Nursing, I decided to take up something new that I had never done before. My only previous experience was during the night shifts in Special Care Nursery when I would sketch the occasional infant on a little piece of paper and leave it for the parents.
What inspires you to create?
I love to people watch so for me painting is an opportunity to capture my impressions of the world around me. I find joy and pleasure in Nature's design and the designs which are the product of people's imagination. I always have my camera with me wherever I go, so when I see something that is unusual, commonplace or just beautiful, I photograph it for later study. I guess people and nature inspire me, everyday is a gift and everyday finds something to be admired.
How long have you been creating your art?
I formally started taking art classes in about 2005 with local instructors; it was an opportunity to travel with art. I took workshops in France, Newfoundland, British Columbia, Haliburton, Muskoka as well as closer to home and as well with the assistance and critique of a skilled art mentor.
What is your favourite piece and why?
I don't know if I can identify a favourite piece, likely because I only paint subjects that I like so they are all favourites.
What advice would you give to someone who wants a career in art?
Start early, enjoy, play with different medium then become an expert in your favourite one.
Tell me something fun about yourself
I love spending time with my family and especially with my five grandchildren who are a total inspiration on what is good in life.
I am a founder and co-organizer for the BWG studio tour. It was an opportunity to bring art to the town and offer an opportunity for other fine artists to show their talents.
You can see Stella’s wonderful creations at this year’s studio tour. She will be exhibiting at Art in the Barn, 291 Morris Road, Bradford Ontario.