My name is Katie Marchese and I am the current president of the Algoma Art Society.
I have always loved to draw and paint, and as a child, a sheet of blank paper was better than a coloring book any day of the week.
I learned the basics about perspective and facial structure from my Grandfather, Gilbert Charette. He was an inspiration to me in so many ways, and to gain his approval with a drawing or painting was something I strived for. While it might have sounded mean for him to have called a painting I proudly presented him “flat”, he was right. It’s a constructive criticism that’s stuck with me today, and has helped me in a lot of ways. I love the challenge of trying to capture the natural beauty of our world and transform it into something people want to look at on paper. As well, the process of creating has always been a way to get lost for a little while and feel nothing but calm and peace. We all need a little bit of peace in the world, and art is how I get mine. Thank you for reading.