Edna approaches her art from many different perspectives. Her solo show at Red Deer College in 2014 featured her moody and dramatic abstract landscapes. Lately, she has been doing a lot of floral painting. And her next project is a different take on nature. It is a close-up of a White Aspen, an artistic take on the artwork nature creates in the tree’s bark.
“I kind of experiment with all kinds of things,” says Edna, who lives in Red Deer, where she has a home studio. “I’ve done everything from portraiture to abstract landscapes.”
Edna is just as adventurous in her medium of choice. While she is working a lot in acrylics now, she has previously worked in oil and watercolours.
She first delved into art seriously when she was 14. She was living in Daysland and a friend invited her to art class. She was hooked.
Like so many, Edna had to put her art largely aside as she raised her family. But the passion never died and in 2010 she began taking classes in Red Deer College’s Visual Arts Program. “I was going part-time and it just kind of grew from there.” In 2014, she had her solo show at the college’s Knock-Knock Gallery. “It was really exciting,” she says.
One of her inspirational highlights was a trip she took several years ago, visiting six European countries in two weeks with her partner, Rick, a photographer. “We fit very well together,” she says, adding it’s nice to have someone to take such high-quality reference photos.