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Candace’s interest in art probably began sometime in high school but at that point it never occurred to her that it would be any more than a passing fad, a moment in her life that would come and go and surely not last until she was old! Upon graduation, Candace set out to find a job only to discover that earning a paycheck could be pretty boring.
So, college it was – an art major of course. Eventually Medical Illustration caught her fancy and out to the University of Illinois she went. Candace eventually returned to Connecticut to earn a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School. She originally worked in oils and acrylics, painting landscapes, seascapes and portraits. Other endeavors included photo retouching, rug design, picture framing and murals.
At some point Candance took a beginning watercolor class and fell in love. As her interest in watercolor developed, she began to look for the subtlety of color, focusing on the nuances that may go unnoticed with just a passing glance. Instead of a path in the woods, the subject became the pinecone or the acorn. Intense scrutiny of those objects revealed color and detail that could be magnified and presented in a larger than life format for others to see. While most of her focus has been on objects found in nature, Candace’s current work is slowly moving in other directions. From plants, to herbs, to food, there has been a natural progression. Then popcorn! – Such fun, great forms and sometimes glowing color. It is a great subject to paint in the winter while plant forms hibernate. Already new work is moving away from natural forms to manmade objects and abstracts.
Essex Summer Arts Festival
June 17-18, 2017
12 Main St. Essex, CT