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What Do You Do With a Winking Seal?

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by Christina Nilsson

As an artist in love with learning about the many aspects of art, I prefer to draw upon everyday life experiences and nature to inspire my own creations. Painting with acrylic, oils or watercolours gives me the variety of mediums to best showcase my subject choices whether they are animals, birds, landscapes or people. Although leaning towards realism in my paintings, I make a point of painting by instinct once the basic forms are captured. This technique, along with careful note-taking, serves as a way to personalize and document my art practice.

The painting “Flirtatious Seal” shown here was inspired by a visit to my local marina in Comox, British Columbia. A couple of fishermen were cleaning their catch of the day and were sharing the leftover scraps with this seal that was swimming close by. Thinking this was a great photo opportunity, I took its picture and as I did so he looked at me and gave me a wink. What could I do but use this image for a painting?

After graduation from North Island College’s fine arts program, I became a member of the Artsphere Comox Valley Society, Pearl Ellis Art Gallery and the Comox Valley Arts Collective to connect, share techniques and experiences with other artists. I continue to display and sell my creations at galleries, shops and privately on Vancouver Island as well as taking on commissions. My mantra is “make, view, share, receive art for a healthy, happy life”.

Contact information: Phone: 778-585-0101 email: cnilsson@shaw.ca

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