Sheena Fraser Mcgoogan

Statement

Sheena Fraser McGoogan inherited her love of painting from her artist grandfather, Albert Pattison, who studied in Montreal with Maurice Cullen and William Bremner. As a child, she began drawing and painting in his studio in Hudson, Quebec. Later, at the University of British Columbia, she studied painting and print making with the landscape painter Gordon Smith. While there, she won a scholarship to attend the summer session at the Banff School of Fine Arts.

These days, Sheena paints on canvas using acrylic paints. She prefers acrylic because she likes vivid colors, and also because she likes to paint quickly, expressing her feelings and emotions. Acrylic also allows her to experiment with color combinations and glazing techniques, as she tries to capture the essence of the places she visits.

For the past four summers, she has sailed in the North West Passage and to Greenland with Adventure Canada. During these voyages she sketches and takes photographs -- not only from on board the ship, but as she hikes along Arctic shorelines or wends among icebergs in a zodiac. She has stopped often on the north coast of Baffin Island and in Greenland, which has given her a chance to explore the small towns and the rocky landscape. The homes and icebergs particularly fascinate her, and when she returns to her studio in the Beaches in Toronto, she paints these scenes on canvas. She uses a combination of sketches, photos and memories to create her works.

For the past couple of years, Sheena has also been traveling and researching with her author-husband in Scotland and Ireland. Here she enjoys the landscape, and especially the picturesque old crofts. She also likes to capture a bit of history by painting places that were special to Scots like Robbie Burns and Walter Scott. Lately, for a change of pace, Sheena has also been painting Toronto scenes

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