Brilliant leaves freeze under purple ice, nimble toads stumble over a twig carpet, a knot of limbs tangle up the January moon … images that suggest ideas are interesting to me. Through my childhood and adolescence I enjoyed drawing animals, people, landscapes and maps, and after my formal education (B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.), I continued to find satisfaction with pen, paint, and stone, and to experiment with the concepts these media suggested. While raising my family I worked with various artists on projects and exhibited this work in regional public galleries including Mount St. Vincent University, Atlantic School of Theology, the former Dartmouth Heritage Museum, and private galleries in Amherst, Wolfville, and Truro. This included being co-owner of “Signatures Gallery of Fine Art”, 47 Inglis Street, Truro, N.S., which was destroyed by fire in 1984. My history includes that of being an educator as well as being an artist. I have taught Art in various institutions in conjunction with keeping my studio: the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College, the Institute for Early Childhood Education, Correction Service Canada, and the Nova Scotia Public School System. I also implemented numerous art workshops and produced televised Art Education programming through Eastlink Cable TV. From 1999 – 2013 I focused exclusively on the profession of teaching of Art. I both developed and implemented Visual Art and Art History curricula for grades 9 – 12 at South Colchester Academy with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, Visual Art 10 & 11 with the Provincial Virtual High School, and became a member of a selected group of art teachers who helped refine and pilot the N.S. Dept. of Education Visual Art Draft Documents for the Senior High. While this meant stepping away from the painting studio and interacting with the art community, it allowed me to broaden my knowledge in presenting art processes and art history, and to interact with a diverse range of people. I enjoyed all of this interaction, and retired in June 2013. In addition to reconnecting with my studio practise, I currently co-teach painting to a group of interested learners at the Douglas Street Recreational Centre in Truro and present Visual Art (History and design) courses with the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia. Thank you for allowing me to share my work with you.
~ Christene Sandeson, 2015