Lifelong artist blossoms after 50

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submitted by Ann Brady

When local Artist Theresa Warren was a little girl growing up in rural Osgoode, her family was poor and art supplies were a luxury. Her irrepressible spirit still found a way to express itself, using cereal boxes, game boxes – in fact, any kind of box – as her first canvases that she kept in her bedroom-studio where she began drawing.

Theresa’s artistry came naturally; but it was only in her fifties, when a friend inspired her to take her gift seriously, that she began to paint in earnest.  Her love of the environment spurred her on, becoming landscapes under her brushes. 

Theresa is December’s ‘Art in the Branches’ featured Artist at Winchester Public Library. Her subject matter ranges from Indigenous themes – honouring her Algonquin Ancestors – to landscapes, birds, flowers and animals. Expressive painting is one of her favorite styles. Some of her pieces feature glitter or varnish as a highlight, in vibrant watercolour and acrylic colours – she calls them “happy colours”.  The bright yellows, oranges and browns of sunflowers represent life, love and happiness to her. Other pieces are created in her favourite medium. “I prefer working in oils because they allow me to mold and build textures that give the painting a 3D effect,” she explains.  

Theresa Warren’s paintings can be found in homes right across Canada – and all through the month of December, a generous selection of her works will brighten Winchester Library! This is a great opportunity to find unique and beautiful pieces for holiday giving. Contact Theresa at tjoan910@yahoo.ca or visit her website at https://tjoan910.wixsite.com/mysite. Winchester Library is located at 547 St. Lawrence Street in Winchester, Ontario. Artists interested in exhibiting their works through this free service can contact Ann at northdundasartscouncil@yahoo.ca or on Facebook at ‘North Dundas Arts Council’. 

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