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ART SHOW: September 29th to October 25th 2017
The Goward House Painters presents...
THE PORTRAIT PAINTERS SHOW
Susan Baker | Jessi Barron | Peter Dowgailenko | Irene Khurana
Eleanor Kobley | Mike Leavy | Vivian Lochridge | Jim McFarland
Angela Montanti | Elfrida Schragen | Delia Sansom
I’m presently a member of ALFrescos Plein Air, Victoria, BC. and the Saanich Peninsula Group. On Tuesdays I attend the Goward House Portrait painting sessions Born Montreal, Quebec: I attended art classes at the museum run by Arthur Lismer when I was a child. I could hardly wait for Saturday mornings. Moved to Victoria B.C. at the age of 13 yrs. and continued my interest in the arts with much encouragement from my teacher, Ina Uhthoff. I went to the Vancouver School of Art 1962-4. and attended many workshops. Studied with Dan Jarvis.
I enlisted in the RCAF in 1952 and did many Art Projects for them.
The Artist’s Work
Mainly I enjoy painting out of doors weather permitting, The capturing of light in oil or watercolor in nature; and observing the expressions in people have been my whole life interest.
I was born in Switzerland where I studied architectural design. I later persued studies in graphic design and worked as a commercial artist. Since completing a Visual Arts degree at UVic I have worked and experimented with a variety of mediums.
The Artist’s Work
I practice sketching, drawing, and painting landscapes, still life, and portraiture in particular. These I execute spontaneously from life, mainly in pastels, in rapid renderings to instill a sense of immediacy, to capture the feelings and mood of the particular person and particular moment.
I have been involved in the visual arts for many years in Victoria, B.C. Canada, where I was born. Painting and drawing were always present and important to me throughout my childhood and continue to give me joy. In 1981 I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.
I have recently joined the portrait group at Goward House and enjoy having different models to study.
Throughout the years I have participated in many group exhibitions such as Watermark Printmakers Shows, juried exhibitions and commercial gallery presentations..
The Artist’s Work
I like to paint in both acrylics and watercolours as I enjoy the unique properties of each. I enjoy going outside to paint as through the process, I am transported to a new situation of discovery. I get excited when I can solve an unusual composition problem or include a new colour combination. My subjects are studies of rural areas on Vancouver Island and closer observations of local plants in their seasons.
After many years in information management, I am now enjoying the focus, immediacy and personalization of full time (well, I do the odd crossword too) painting in acrylics and oils.
I love the spontaneity and time challenge of painting with the Goward House Portrait Painters Group on Tuesday afternoons. One sitting is it: sometimes I like the result and the sitter does too; other times I like it and they don’t; and occasionally, I don’t and they do….
I’m also an active member of the Victoria chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Personal website: Mikeleavy.com
My interest in painting all subjects has been my life’s passion. Whether it be portrait, landscape or still life. There is a wonder everywhere I paint and draw in all mediums.
I welcome enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org