By Rita Thorp
Thank you Larissa and Calgary Public Library for allowing me to share my art with those who love to read. My paintings also tell a story, not with words but pictures.
I believe that as an artist, one cannot separate art from one’s life or life from art. Most of my paintings are inspired by the people in my life as well as my travels and the things I see. The paintings on display on the walls in the library are abstract landscapes, inspired by the mountains we live so close to here in Calgary that I visit regularly. “Pick Me” is reminiscent of flowers I usually have on display at my kitchen table, during the off season when my garden is void of flowers. I paint with acrylic paints on conservation material including canvas, paper and cradleboard. Most of my work is combined media and painted with everything from brushes to palette knives and even my fingers.
The series of paintings ‘Once upon a time….’ displayed in the children’s section are a work in progress. These colorful pieces are based on this past summer when my two small grandchildren came to visit for the first time all the way from ‘downunder’, Australia. Once I finish painting all of my memories from this visit, I will be compiling them into a storybook. See my website at www.ritathorp.com for updates coming in the near future.