Mission Renaissance - Montreal
International Career School Art Program
Numerous courses to further studies
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
Awards and recognition over 33 years have been numerous. First prize with the LaSalle Association of Artists. Best in Show. Public Popularity Award and many more. Art exhibitions: although I have had many over the years they have not been the focus of my art career. My passion has always been teaching.
ALL WORKS OF ART ON THIS WEBSITE
ARE COPYRIGHT AND PROPERTY OF HEATHER RYAN 2019
As an artist, I have an obligation to my peers.
As a painter, I have an obligation to myself.
As a teacher I have an obligation to my students."
After having 3 children I returned to private art school where I began to study the ways of the old masters under the tutelage of Hélène Béland and Daniel Brient at Mission Renaissance in Montreal where they believe anyone can acquire talent, anyone can learn how to express themselves artistically – given the right instruction. To fully appreciate Mission: Renaissance, one must view it against the greater backdrop of fine art training today. In other words, one must understand what sets it apart from every other art schools and colleges. It was exactly what I needed. I also studied and received a diploma from International Career Schools in Fine Art and shortly thereafter opened a small art studio where I began teaching painting and drawing.
The techniques I use to create my paintings have given me the practical means to explore my own identity and spirituality. I create original works of art and sometimes might do a copy study to force myself further to discover new techniques or colour mixes and get out of my comfort zone.
Although classically trained in oils and charcoal, I today experiment with mixed media, acrylics and interference pigments which have a strong directional spectral reflectance and the colour shifts with the angle of view. The viewer moves while the painting remains stationary. Elements in the picture change colour, appear and disappear as both the angle of viewing and the angle of illumination change. These paintings are difficult to photograph though and the photo never captures the beauty and movement of the colour play.
I have been involved in dog rescue for almost 15 years and for the past 5 years have been working exclusively in fostering poodles for Standard Poodles In Need who are based in Toronto. I adopted Abby Rose in December 2013. Before that I adopted my first foster, BiBi, a teckel Jack Russell mix from the Montreal SPCA in 2003.