Denise Antaya is a modern realist painting whose work has been shown at Westland Gallery for some time now, She is one of three female artists participating in the upcoming show, A Journey into Realism, on March 28th - April 15th 2017. Denise’s work shows her classical realism training from the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, a tradition stemming back to the European ateliers of the 19th century. She seeks to “rebel against the fast-paced world we live in,” through her works, such as Across the Pond and Tangled. These serene landscapes are calming in their palettes and compositions, a conscious choice of Denise’s to “evoke memories of childhood vacations long forgotten.”
Nancy describes her paintings as “stories from a moment in time, a little curious and vaguely familiar.” We can relate to buying eggs at a market, but have we ever had to weigh our eggs? Nancy’s paintings are reminiscent of simpler times gone by, and their colors, rich yet muted, add to a sense of nostalgia. Nancy has always had a talent for rendering life through drawing, and began her realism work in graphic, carbon, charcoal, and then finally moving to oil paints, the medium she is most comfortable in, and her confidence shows through in her work. A Toronto native, after graduation the Academy of Realist Art, Nancy would become the Academy’s first female teacher ever! She now focuses her practice full-time, and we are very pleased to show her work at Westland Gallery in the upcoming show A Journey into Realism, on March 28th - April 15th 2017.
My work is intended to evoke an emotional response with the viewer. I let my intuition guide me in the colours, angles, shapes and layering of paint. Typically, I pick a song and let the rhythm become part of the design process.
When designing, it is as much about the white space as it is the colours, and having an idea of where I want to flow the paint and how much white space to leave.
My technique provides me the freedom to let go of preconceived ideas of the visual outcome, and instead lets my feelings dictate the process. I call this process “Pouring my heart out”. The reward which comes from expressing feelings in a piece of art is overwhelming. I liken the experience to a runner’s high which many artists feel. My hope is that I can pass along some of this deeply felt emotion with canvas and paper.
- Vicki McFarland
See the collection for Vicki McFarland and Erica Dornbusch's "Vivid Alliances" here.