Like most visual artists, I have been drawing and painting since childhood. I love the process of making—I enjoy figuring out how to turn a visual idea into a tangible form that can be shared with others. In terms of imagery, I find that nature is a constant source of inspiration.
My creative process is integrative. I combine techniques from different disciplines to produce the final work. For instance, my mixed-media paintings combine photographic techniques with carving and painting. This interdisciplinary approach crosses over into my graphic design projects as well.
My interest in the concept of ‘self-similarity’ inspired me to look for patterns in nature in order to use them as the underlying structure for my paintings. The distilled patterns from nature that I use in my work such as, the branches of a tree or wave patterns in the water, inform the colours I choose as well as which properties of the materials I focus on or utilize.
For instance, in my water paintings I leave the woodgrain visible in certain areas to complement the wave patterns and visually represent movement. In other areas I might use a very high gloss finish to make the paint look wet. Likewise, I might inlay iridescent or metallic paint in the carved highlight areas of the water that are reflecting the sunlight. When I work I’m always looking for these types of relationships and references to bring more depth and life to my work. I hope to inspire people to look closer; to go outside and look up into the sky or out to the horizon and take a minute to marvel at the intricate patterns in nature.
On a more biographical note, I grew up in Lindsay, a small town in Ontario. My formal education includes: a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick; completion of the Photography program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta; and most recently, a Diploma in Graphic Communications and Print Technology from SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta.
Lando Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta has represented my artwork since 2004. My artwork is included in private collections in Canada—British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick—Hong Kong and Denmark. For a complete resume please visit my LinkedIn page.
©Teresa Healy, 2015