The winners of our 2019 Art of Giving contest are:
- Daniele Michaud - winner of painting #1 Inukshuk by artist Sandi McKessock
- Mary Bartlett - winner of painting #2 Birch Trees In Winter by artist Dusty Green
- Francis King - winner of painting #3 Happy Sunflower by artist Mirna Gallant
- Margaret Wallace - winner of painting #4 Nature's Hope by artist David Iain MacDonald
- Not yet confirmed - winner of painting #5 Seascape by artist Gayle Meyer
Thank you to the sponsoring artists for this great prize:
- Sandy McKessock (Inukshuk). Sandi McKessock says painting has become a spiritual journey for her. She loves to paint animal portraits and inukshuks. She finds something magical in being able to capture the spirit and soul of another living creature and painting inukshuks have become therapeutic - as it does not require her to paint absolute realism. She can make up colours and shapes that please her and get lost in pure colour and form.
- Dusty Green (Birch Trees in Winter). Dusty is a graphic designer and artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Originally from Plaster Rock, Dusty moved to Fredericton to study fine arts and graphic design, and has been painting mixed media abstract landscapes for several years. Inspired by complementary colours in nature, and broad, painterly brush strokes- his paintings view New Brunswick landscapes through a bold and colourful lens.
- Mirna Gallant (Happy Sunflower). Mirna was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She moved to Bosnia (former Yugoslavia) when she was 12 years old. Mirna then moved to Canada due to the war in Bosnia. She married a Canadian and had two boys. She discovered her love for art after taking art lessons while she worked at an afterschool program in Canada. She paints in water colour, acrylics and alcohol inks. The last two years, Mirna has also started making jewelry and other items with acrylic paints.
- David Iain MacDonald (Nature’s Hope). David paints exclusively in oils originally with knife but more recently with brush and cloth. His subjects range from still life to landscape to abstract. He has no formal training and paints primarily from imagination. Painting allows David a release of emotion. The act of painting - the failures and success - are often more fulfilling for him than the finished product.
- Gayle Meyer (Seascape). Gayle cannot remember a time when she did not draw and she loves to paint. Throughout the years she has dabbled during her spare time in various painting mediums and art forms, but in recent years she has been able to devote more time to her passion. She works primarily in acrylics, some oils, and has begun experimenting in encaustic.