I have been painting, drawing, designing, and building art objects for more than thirty years. I am more or less “self taught” although I have had some instruction in printmaking, silkscreen, and stained glass. I studied some art history in university and have had the good fortune to have learned many techniques from other artists, teachers, and my many students. I work with many different media but I have particular expertise in some which I will explain below. My work always involves whimsy and humour and a high degree of workmanship. I love what I do! I hope to provide my viewers with a pleasing and interesting visual experience and my patrons and customers with an object or painting they can treasure.
I paint with both acrylic and oil. I have been working on a painting project called “the Chicken History of Art” for the past six years. I have become quite an expert painting chickens and have completed several commissioned works in this area. I also paint other subjects and have completed five large-scale murals for various clients and institutions in the Kingston area.
I build realistic flying and standing birds using a technique I call paper lamination. I also build masks and large figures using this technique. I build dioramas using bits and pieces, carved wooden figures, and various modeling techniques. These are like three dimensional snapshots of a moment in time, a photograph or an imaginary situation. These are in many private collections.
I have designed and produced many unusual exterior signs that can be seen at various businesses in the Kingston area.
I am a retired occasional teacher with the Upper Canada District School Board. I have created, planned, and developed many different workshops using different media for students from kindergarten age to adults. I have conducted these at many different venues in the Kingston area and in Ottawa. I think that I learn more from my students than they learn from me. Teaching has been a constant source of inspiration.
Full CV: Mary J. A. Peppard