Art Talk | Agnes

Our Featured Artist is Agnes.

How long have you been involved with this art process at Baptist Housing?

Moved to Shannon Oaks- Oak Bay fairly recently within the past year.

Who do you enjoy sharing or making art with?

I used to paint at Schoolhouse in Qualicum every Wednesday. I have quilted since 1985 and I enjoy making quilts for the grandchildren.

Why do you like being an artist?

It's an expression of myself, I find pleasure in colours and form. It's something you do for yourself, don't paint for the sake of others.

Who first inspired or taught you this craft?

When I lived in Manitoba on the prairies, there was a woman that was known for painting crocuses and she needed a 10th member to sustain a painter's group. I offered to join and I have painted ever since. Pauline Pike was also a wonderful teacher at Qualicum, she inspires ease of expression. The quilting started with a simple 6 week course and then in Qualicum I worked with a Master Quilting group.

Any advice for future artists?

Just do it. Don't make excuses.