Corinne Anderton feels like we’re all co-creators in the artistic process, channelling the inspiration that’s readily provided from out of the blue.
“You can call it the universe or call it whatever you want,” she said. “I believe we just show up and do the work we are meant to do and our creativity develops and expands.”
Anderton grew up on a Saskatchewan farm. There was no such thing as art classes at her school, but she always liked working with her hands. After she married, she and her husband moved to New Brunswick to go to university. Her spouse got a Master’s degree in business while Anderton became intrigued — then frustrated — by fine arts classes that didn’t teach her the basics. It was the 1970s, she recalled, and “they didn’t want to influence you too much,” by teaching structured skills, such as drawing.
The couple moved back out west to Red Deer in 1984, and Anderton’s interest in fine art was reignited after she posed as a model for a Red Deer College drawing class. She promised herself she would sign up as a full-time student someday. She fulfilled a long-held dream and returned in 2005 to get a visual arts diploma at Red Deer College. This time she learned the fundamentals.
Her figure drawing and abstract works have been exhibited around Red Deer and in Ontario. Anderton expands her inspiration by travelling across North America in her RV. Some of her favourite paintings started as colour studies. The artist, whose works have been exhibited in the Kiwanis Gallery, said “I’m flat-out fascinated by the behavior of paint on paper — and all I am is the midwife.”