I have been painting since 1990, when I was literally forced into it by my employer at the time. I had never thought of being an artist. Since then my art has found homes in Bermuda, England, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Tasmania, United States, and of course, in my beautiful homeland of Canada.
Although my favourite medium is oils, lately I’ve also started using acrylics. After a bit of a struggle, and some fine workshops, I find I quite like them. I am a realist landscape painter, usually showcasing mountain scenery in my home province of British Columbia. I love my mountains, was an avid hiker in my younger years, and did a fair bit of climbing, so feel a strong bond with them. I’ll often paint plein air, a challenge for sure, but always rewarding.
I have taken credit courses at the Alberta College of Art, and do as many workshops with artists I admire that I can, to keep a fresh outlook to my art. I do commission work, have taught beginner and intermediate oil painting courses, have a painting on the cover of a published book, and have done Artist in Residence programs.
As a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists since 2013, I have had paintings accepted into their Vancouver, Kelowna and on-line galleries. Artists are juried into this group by professional artists. I am very proud to be part of this group.
In a recent portfolio bio written by Dallas Jeffs, for artist run website, where I was the featured artist, she describes my work:
“Cecilia strikes a great balance between photo-realism and impressionism presenting views that are expansive and lush but that remain firmly rooted in reality. Most of her paintings express vast landscapes and include the distant figures of trees and mountains. Many of the works also seem to focus toward a central vanishing point, creating the illusion that the viewer is being drawn physically into the scene.”