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Lillian Burke

Red Oak Red Oak

My childhood was spent in Southwestern Ontario, where summer weekends often included visits to family getaways on Lake Erie. Creativity was encouraged in our home, and I took music lessons, wrote poetry and loved to draw and paint.  As a teen, I was introduced to painting in oils. 

When faced with the demands of family and career as an adult, most creative activities were put on hold – for many years.  I spent much of my professional career in the mental health sector, working in the GTA as well as other parts of Ontario. My husband and I relocated to a village on Lake Erie for retirement.  I craved being involved in creative activities again, but, unsure of how to get started, I enrolled in watercolour classes given by artists in the area.  I loved the process: I found it relaxing and rewarding.  In 2019, we moved to Sault Ste Marie.  One of the first things I did was look for an art class so that I wouldn’t let my interest erode, I could keep developing my art and could meet others who shared my interests.  I took watercolour classes with Marilyn Mills, acrylic painting with Taimi Poldmaa, and a variety of one day workshops in various mediums. 

While we live in the Soo, we spend time in summer at a camp on St Joseph’s Island. This gives me the opportunity to photograph and paint subjects that reflect the beauty of this region as I continue to develop my style. While I paint some landscapes, my preference is for single subjects against the landscape.  I’m also interested in integrating family history into my art.  I belong to the Algoma Art Society, the Art Gallery of Algoma, and enjoy attending the Open Painting group at the Active Living Centre.

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