Posted on June 8, 2016 at 12 : 15 pm
Diving into the world of arts
One can feel an aura of wonder when entering Carolyn Davis’ workshop.Buzzing with activity and located within her Riverdale residence, the small space is home to several different interesting things.
The sound of 1950s music breezes through the workshop, as Davis spins in her chair, a smile on her face. “I always need music whenever I paint,” she said. Her voice is calming and peaceful.
The local artist has led quite an interesting life. Having been bestowed the Governor General medal in 1992, she has been an avid painter for 65 years.
“I was encouraged to take up arts by Mother St-Martha, when I attended the Loretta Abbey School, in Toronto,” explained the woman. “She suffered from terrible psoriasis in her hand. She always had it bandaged and you could see it in her face that it hurt her. Yet she always encouraged us to paint.”
The artist claims that the nun’s hard work and dedication instilled in her pupils an everlasting motto: you have to work hard to get what you want in life.
Being born and raised in Toronto, Davis knows just how important connections are. “I’ve met so many people in my life,” she added “Most have been great to me.”
Using those same connections has led her to become quite a well-known artist, whose pieces are showcased across the globe. “My paintings are showcased all throughout North America and even abroad” she declared proudly. “I recently sold one at a show that is now in the Philippines, in a doctor’s office.”
In addition, she stressed that several of her paintings are in Los Angeles. “I went there in 1989 during a trip and I brought several of my pieces there. I sold quite a lot of them.”
Next to the woman is what she calls a Trip-Pick, a piece made up of three paintings. It features a tree with long limbs, the likes of which span on the three canvas. “They are made to be showcased without a frame,” Davis explained. “They aren’t even supposed to touch.”
On the workshop’s walls are several other paintings. The woman confided that she tends to create landscapes or eagles. “Those are my two favorite things to paint. A landscape usually takes me about a day to complete.”
But although her work tends to focus on more concrete subjects, she admitted that at least once a month, she lets her creativity manage her paintbrush and the result is often stunning.
“Sometimes, I let my brushes do the talking,” she said smiling. “It ends up being something very different. There’s one I did where the sky was purple and so was the tree in it. People liked it but I didn’t.” To that, she laughed.
But it’s no wonder a good amount of her paintings contain purple, it’s her favorite color. “I’ve always loved purple,” declared Davis. “It was my grandmother’s favorite and if it was good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. Besides, purple is the color of royalty!”