Tina Petrovicz
Artist Talk and Closing Reception Sunday, April 30 from 2 - 4

Tina Petrovicz will be presenting an artist talk on Sunday, April 30 from 2 - 4.

Artist Statement:

Traditional landscape is approached by painting plein air or by creating a quick study, and in modern times maybe even taking a photo and painting in the studio.

The painting is focused in one scene. It is contemplative and immersive. But is it representative of the place? Is it how we interact with the landscape now?

Plein-aire demands that an artist goes on foot to a location on a generally calm day, concentrating on the inanimate objects in one’s view. A vista is chosen – what fits on the canvas – one point of view.

Most of us now see the landscape from our car or the side of the road. We don’t tramp in the wood. Even when we do, what we perceive is often temporal. The wind moves lighter elements: clouds, grasses, leaves. Our eye travels as we move. If we do stop it is movement that catches our eye. By using photography, gesture and memory drawings as source material to create a variety of prints that capture this dynamic element. Presenting the two forms allows you the audience to form your own answer.


Like most artists I started young, drawing and taking photographs. My artistic leanings led me to study Theatre Production concentrating on scenic painting at Grant MacEwan College (1984-86) in Edmonton and then an internship in Scenic Art at The Banff Centre (1987). I worked over 15 years in the field, with my last position as the Assistant Head Scenic Artist at The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. I then went on to the alternative high school system east of Ottawa, instructing students in art, math and science.  For over two and half years I took courses, mostly at the Ottawa School of Art. I reimmersed in making art in my studio and at the Ottawa –Gatineau Printmakers Connective Studio. I work in different mediums, photography, painting and printmaking, with a little drawing on the side. This forces me to think not only how I should deal with a subject, but how a medium will affect the final outcome.

Tina Petrovicz resides in Alfred, Ontario.

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