Elaine Heath

I EMBRACE PAINTING as a way to create beauty through the bold use of colour and design. From art lessons during my teen years, to my studies in the Fine Arts Program at the University of Guelph at a much later age, and now currently as an Independent Artist, painting continues to be an integral part of my life.
While I consider myself as a Watercolourist, I enjoy experimenting with other mediums from time to time. Through still life compositions, I am able to control subject matter to depict and maximize the interplay of light and colour.
Each painting begins with an idea that is inspired by either an object I have recently observed or one that lives in my memory. The composition is first rendered on my paper with pencil. Once the drawing reflects the essence of what I am trying to convey then the painting begins. I usually paint wet into wet in order to maximize the vibrancy of the paint. Because I use watercolour I am never able to re-work a section of the painting and I find this helps to keep my work spontaneous and the surface rich with colour. I work only on one painting at a time to maintain focus and energy.
As a person who strives for change, I have never grown tired of painting. I paint out of loyalty, out of respect of a gift that has been bestowed upon me and out of the constant desire to improve.