Painter, Traditional Music

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lauraschwager@yahoo.ca

Picking up pencil and paper or brush and canvas have long been a means to my self-expression and identity since I was a young child. My decision to study Fine Art at Queen’s University was one of the most satisfying paths I’ve taken in my life. During those four years I was exposed to a variety of techniques, mediums, styles, experiences, people and simply the time to make art, which enriched my artistic growth tremendously. I gave myself four years to concentrate on exploring my creativity, primarily in oil painting and printmaking. Over the years my art has taken many twists and turns, from poetic expression to landscapes I’ve travelled, always depicting where I am in my life and all that influences me. Now my art takes the form of poetry, stories, paintings, garden spaces, and drawings from my home studio space whenever free time allows.

My grandmother introduced oil painting to me at an early age and so for a long time I was familiar with the lustrous blending of colours, the flow of the brush on the canvas and the wondrous gift of being able to work with the mistakes that oils allow. I have since continued with oil painting and as of late I have been experimenting with coloured pencil crayon drawings. Nature, flowers from my garden, horses, and Iroquoian design seem to be currently alive on my canvas given they are the beauty with which I live and am inspired by.

I also like to express myself through music.  With a group of women who sing traditional music and use hand drums and rattles I get to strengthen my traditional roots.  The music is a collection of Anishinaabe and Mohawk songs.

I can’t help but believe we are all artists in some form – yes even those who draw stick people. Calling oneself ‘an artist’ is merely having the desire, the confidence and the inner listen to do so. I encourage everyone who has an inkling that an artistic path is one they’d like to follow. I was once told by a mentor – just do it? -and it has brought me here.