It is Sylvia’s love of nature and passion for the outdoors which inspire her to paint. Whenever she is outside walking, hiking or skiing, she is often moved by the landscape, the interplay of light and shadow, and how this affects color. By painting the beauty of nature, she hopes to evoke similar feelings of passion, awe and serenity and in the viewer.
Besides traditional watercolor, Sylvia experiments with watercolor mixed media and other contemporary techniques, often focusing on color, shape and texture. Her curiosity and fascination for texture has led her onwards to collage, pastels and acrylics. Besides landscapes, Sylvia enjoys painting abstract expressions, florals and the urban landscape. More recently Sylvia has begun exploring issues of sustainability and the impact that our lifestyle has on the environment. She is working on several series which reflect these ideas.
It is the interaction of the paint with water and the effects that only watercolor can achieve that have drawn and held her interest in this medium. She also enjoys experimenting with the textures inherent in collage, the immediacy and vibrancy of pastel and the many facets of acrylic painting.
Sylvia strives to continuously improve her skills and knowledge through workshops and classes. In art as in life, the more you know, the more you realize how much more there is to learn. This is what makes painting so fascinating to Sylvia and why no two paintings can be alike. She has studied at ACAD, Red Deer College Summer Series, and under numerous professional artists including David Langevin, Jane Davies, Gerald Brommer, Jean Peterson, Kathleen Conover, Sharon Lynn Williams, Brent Laycock, Rex Beanland, Mary Leigh Doyle to name a few. Sylvia is a member of the Calgary Community Painters Society and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.