JEN­NIFER SPARACINO

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their an­swers. Paint­ing is a fam­ily af­fair in our house. I might paint quite a few paint­ings but I do fill my rub­bish bin very quickly!”

The joy of giv­ing…

In his day job, Sandhu is a Car­diac Nurse at Royal Ju­bilee Hospi­tal, and do­nates his paint­ings to also does art demos at schools to in­spire kids, and gives work­shops on wa­ter­colour paint­ing. When not creat­ing in the stu­dio, he loves spend­ing time at home with his wife (also a nurse), and sons Liam (13) and Ny­jal (7), and daugh­ter Mo­han­nah (12). “My kids don’t let me sell cer­tain paint­ings. Once Mo­han­nah took a paint­ing from my wall and gave it to her teacher be­cause she liked her! My kids share my stu­dio and there is no re­stric­tion of us­ing my brushes or paints. Six years ago, a gallery owner told me that my work was not good and I should not show it any­where in front of Liam. I was dev­as­tated but I didn’t stop. In­stead, I used it as an ex­am­ple for Liam to pur­sue my pas­sion. To this day, we both talk about that in­ci­dent.”

Sandhu has great ad­vice for be­gin­ner artists: “Draw a lot. Give it a try, noth­ing to lose! I paint when I want to. I do not worry about colour schemes. I try to cap­ture mood in­stead of a scene. Tell a tale, not just paint. My colours are bold. I don’t mind us­ing white if that im­proves my paint­ing.” He also gets all sorts of ad­vice re­gard­ing what he should paint, based on what is sell­ing. But he paints what in­spires him, not just to make a sale. The same ap­plies to com­mis­sions. “My life ex­pe­ri­ences and feel­ings in­spire me. When I paint, I for­get my past and I am fully present. I try to en­joy the process of paint­ing in­stead of try­ing to cre­ate the mas­ter class. When I am hav­ing fun, paint­ing is happy! To see more art­work by Sandhu Singh please visit: Gallery 8 Salt Spring Is­land, BC www.art­gallery8.com 250.537.8822

right, Win­dow to My World, wa­ter­colour, 10.5” x 14” left, West Hast­ings, wa­ter­colour, 14” x 5.25”

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