Jennifer Prest

I spent my formative years in rural England. My father was a talented artist and inspired me. I enjoyed art classes in school and even took my G.C.E ‘O’ Level in Art. However, having been counselled that an artist’s life is not necessarily a prosperous one, I turned to more practical studies; first, secretarial arts, and then, degrees in Education and History.
After immigrating to Canada, I became a teacher. Any urge to be creative was channeled into lesson planning and curricula design for most of my adult life as I taught English and Business Studies.
Then came retirement: for the past 20+ years I have been able to explore working with watercolours, acrylics, and, briefly, oils. Much of my art experience has taken place while wintering in Arizona. There, I painted with a group of artists in Mesa and Scottsdale and was encouraged to participate in local shows. I was a member of the Mesa Artists’ League and some of my work was juried and hung in local galleries.
In Calgary, I took classes and workshops with the Parkdale Art Club. My mentors include Karin Richter, Margaret Holland, Sharon Lynn Williams, and Samantha de Silva. I have shown my work at the Leighton Centre and participated in art shows organised by the Parkdale Art Club and CBE Retired Teachers’ Association.
I have worked mainly in watercolour but, more recently, with acrylics which are more forgiving. Last summer, I took a sketch book when I went on a road trip and made brief pen and watercolour images of sights that caught my eye. Over the winter, in Arizona, I dabbled with paper collage, and mixed media. I enjoy using shapes and colours that blend and contrast. Every painting is a new creative challenge.

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