Carlisle artist wants to paint Canada

She’ll paint a scene from each prov­ince and ter­ri­tory

The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - CATHIE COWARD

On New Year’s Day 2015, Niki Kingsmill made a res­o­lu­tion.

The 26-year-old fine arts and art his­tory grad­u­ate from Burling­ton was work­ing in the of­fice of a lo­cal financial plan­ner be­cause she couldn’t find a job in her field.

So, she re­solved that year to make a real push to launch her art and il­lus­tra­tion ca­reer.

The res­o­lu­tion was the start of a year-long project she called An Art Work a Day.

No mat­ter how tired, busy, or sick she was, Kingsmill never missed a day, and as a re­sult of her dis­ci­pline, she amassed a port­fo­lio of 365 wa­ter­colour paint­ings.

Her sub­jects ranged from land­scapes to sea shells to gin bot­tles. The di­verse col­lec­tion turned into a show that was fea­tured at The Spice Fac­tory in Hamil­ton in 2016.

“I ab­so­lutely loved how dis­ci­plined (the project) was and how I built up my port­fo­lio, and I per­son­ally feel like I im­proved a lot as an artist,” Kingsmill said.

Af­ter Christ­mas 2016, Kingsmill gave up her part-time work and set out in Jan­uary to work as a full-time artist and il­lus­tra­tor. She launched an­other project to com­mem­o­rate Canada’s 150th birth­day.

For Paint My Canada, Kingsmill is ask­ing Cana­di­ans to sub­mit photos of their true Canadian ex­pe­ri­ences — ones that show the beauty of the coun­try. There’s only one re­stric­tion: no sky­lines.

She will choose one im­age from each prov­ince and ter­ri­tory to paint. The win­ning sub­mis­sions will re­ceive a wa­ter­colour print of their photo, and ev­ery­one who en­ters will be put into a draw for a copy of Kingsmill’s paint­ing of the map of Canada. The fin­ished project will be on dis­play dur­ing an open house at her Carlisle stu­dio in Au­gust.

“I per­son­ally haven’t had the priv­i­lege to travel even half of this coun­try, so I need peo­ple’s help, es­pe­cially with the Nunavut and North­west Ter­ri­to­ries out there.”

To sub­mit an im­age via In­sta­gram, go to #paint­my­canada or by email to nikik­ by May 31.

Lo­cal artist Niki Kingsmill seen here (at left and be­low) in her Carlisle stu­dio. She is work­ing on a Canada 150 Project she calls “Paint My Canada.”

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