|Blog: Kathie Wright|
It’s the joy of creating and being able to share that joy with others that drives my passion to paint. God gave us all gifts to use and when we discover our gifts we find great satisfaction. I’m excited to be able to put together the gifts God gave me and to share with others both the joy and the pure fun of self-expression through art.
Looking back over the years, I can see how the “colour” of my various gifts have been blended and shaped. Even as a young girl, I can remember sitting down during family functions and drawing sketches. It was no problem buying gifts for me. I was always thrilled to get paints, brushes and all kinds of craft material. I loved to create school projects with colourful covers and detailed illustrations.
When it came time to choose a career I wanted very much to be either a teacher or a graphic artist. I graduated with a diploma in Graphic Design at Sheridan College and then headed to Waterloo and Western Universities to complete my requirements to be a teacher.
For many years I taught Junior Kindergarten and primary grades up to grade three in area schools in Hanover, Ayton and Thornbury. I hope that over those years there were many children who learned the joy of artistic expression, as well as the general skills of reading, mathematics and writing.
My personal art interests were regularly expressed during those years at home as well. Both my son and daughter always had lots of material to work with and encouragement to be creative. Many friends and family members have received special personalized gifts over the years.
About twenty years ago, I took a watercolour night school course. That decision gave me the confidence to pursue my creative art interests in a new and more intentional way. Since that time, I have taken many courses from accomplished artists, to learn the techniques of painting in watercolour and acrylic. After retiring from teaching several years ago, painting became this grandmother’s passion.
The love of art is best shared with others of like mind. I have gained much from belonging to local art groups in Wasaga Beach, and Collingwood. Now, in Hanover, I have found the Saugeen Artists’ Co-op to be a great way to meet local artists and be involved in promoting visual arts in the area. It has been rewarding to be involved in library shows, outdoor art shows, and studio tours. Samples of my work are finding their way into local businesses such as “Millennia Books” in Hanover. Most of my work can now be seen at the Southampton Arts Centre in Southampton, Ontario.