Combining my love of painting with wood refinishing, I have found a new passion in the form of furniture and decor.
I have a passion for upcycling old furniture. I am a collector a treasure hunter and see the beauty in what pieces can be rather than what they currently are. I love beautiful things shabby, rustic, beachy, french and anything that is recycled.
Curb shopping for second hand finds is now one of my favourite things to do. I find excitement in searching for unique items that someone else no longer saw a use for. Being able to decorate on a limited budget is very important to me, and I don't mind having to do a little work to make the affordable finds more beautiful and functional.
I am learning that you can find some beautiful things if you are able to look past the layers of ugly and get down to the bones of the piece. The turned wood legs. The vintage glass knobs. See past what something is in front of you, and see it rather for what it could be.
Buying or finding an older piece of furniture that is a fixer upper means that you'll be spending time fixing the problems that it has. Many times, the amount of time that you'll spend fixing will be just as costly in value as going to the store and buying it new. But there is character in the old stuff. And if the process is something that I really enjoy, it can be very rewarding.
The thrill of sanding down layers of old, chipped paint, only to discover a beautiful wood grain beneath is like finding a secret buried treasure. I find true joy in such a discovery which fuels my passion to seek more such treasures.
During the pandemic, with art galleries shut down, art shows cancelled and art exhibitions put on hold, I turned from my painting and started seeking for another outlet to apply my artsy passion. While on my morning runs, I often discovered interesting and unique discarded items that people were putting out to the curb on garbage day. If they were light and small enough to carry, I would happily bring them home and see what I could do with them. Using my paint knowledge and learning how to use a hand sander, wood filler and wood stain, I was surprised and delighted how I was able to transform my found objects into beautiful treasures for my home.
One day, I decided to post one of my refinished pieces on Kijiji to see if it would sell. Sure enough, within a day it was spoken for, and my heart leapt with delight! This could be a new thing for me . I could actually start a new line of work and start selling my creations. Well....I decided to follow this new path with much determination and enthusiasm. Garbage day became the most important day of the week, and I made it a priority to be on the road at 7 am to beat the garbage trucks. It became a psychological game, trying to save and rescue potentially beautiful pieces of furniture from the jaws of the sanitation guys. It became my mission to scout out treasures and save them from the landfill.
My painting Oma's Cherry Pie was selected out of over 1000 entries to receive a special merit award in The Marketer Magazine on-line juried art competition. The link is https://themarketer.cc/tmac2021-gallery/?mc_cid=8ac4c525d6&mc_eid=d3ec9d622b and my painting is in the top row, following the 3 main winners.
I am honoured to have received the award for best painting in the Newmarket juried Art Show at the opening reception held last night. I met with Tom Vegh, the mayor or Newmarket, seen in the photos, and felt very much encouraged and supported. As an artist, its nice to be acknowledged and I truly appreciate the boost of motivation.
I was congratulated by the deputy mayor of Newmarket, Tom Vegh.
I have once again been selected to show one of my paintings in the upcoming Newmarket Juried Art Show which will be virtual this year. Details are in link provided. Thanks for your interest and support.