Ava Murray Peters
When painting Ava wholly enjoyed painting portraits captured candidly in
life. Ava found it allowed her to meet a vibrant array of dynamic subjects
with the opportunity to share a moment and create a sense of the
vitality and charms of the individual.
Ava Murray Peters began an adventure painting over 30 portraits via snapshots of my
fellow co-workers titled "Toronto Diversity. " Samples from the
series are on display in May 2013, on the 2nd Floor of the North York Central
"I particularly enjoyed working with this group of people who have
come all over the world. For me, this was a celebration of life and
found it a challenge to paint people who work with, respect while
recording how I feel towards that person. It was also a way to break
away from stereotypes and simply see that person as an individual."
"I do not paint a person for realism. Instead I paint to get a sense of that
person and their energy I try to capture a feeling or emotion from
that person, either the feeling they really feel; or what I feel while
looking at that person."
"I prefer to paint in oil the texture of the paint and how it moves on
canvas thrills me. I usually paint in one session, but for the series
"Toronto Diversity" I did many revisions on the same painting over
time. It was important to me to get a feeling of the person and still
be able to recognise that individual."
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