Frances Armitage

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  • Original paintings in acrylic and oil in a variety of styles.

    I became aware of my artistic side at a very young age.  I remember the feeling of pride and happiness I felt after completing my first finger painting. While most of my classmates just enjoyed smearing paint around on a big piece of paper, I painted a dog sitting up pretty. My teacher made a big fuss about it and put it in the school art show.  I have always been involved in doing something creative in one form or another.

    I was raised in London Ontario, lived in Stratford and now reside in the countryside near Embro Ontario.

    In secondary school I majored in art. I had classes in etching, printing, pottery, sculpting in plaster, wood, marble and many combinations of various other materials. I learned to paint with watercolour for display ads and home décor layouts. My favourite was oil and acrylic painting, which we only touched on.

    One summer I attended Doon School of Fine Arts.  We stayed in our own little cabin and ate together at the big house and gallery. Our art instructors would take us out to rural locations and we would spend our days in the middle of nature and paint the whole day long. I loved it. On rainy days we stayed indoors and sketched from live models. This experience was the beginning of my love of painting.

    During the many years I spent raising my son, working in my husband’s clinic, breeding dogs, breeding and showing miniature horses and growing Christmas trees, I felt that painting was a luxury that I didn’t have time for.  I did make a saloon set for a western parade float, painted a huge banner for a city festival and various signs for local events.  At Christmas I painted scenes on store windows.

    I have a creative imagination and enjoy trying different materials and techniques that can add interest to my paintings.  I started to paint again two years ago after retiring. Painting has become very important in my life and gives me many hours of enjoyment.  I learn something new with every piece I do.  I look forward to growing as a painter and will never run out of ideas for paintings because I get inspiration from just about everything I see.

     

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