Ed­wina Bil­lyk: Self-taught artist

The Glengarry News - - News -

Lo­cal busi­nesses are be­ing in­vited to “art” their walls with works from the Col­lec­tif d’artistes de Glen­garry Artists’ Col­lec­tive ArtBank. The works can be viewed on the ca­gacart­bank.ca site. In the com­ing weeks, The News will pro­file ArtBank artists based on in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted by the col­lec­tive. This week, we in­tro­duce Ed­wina Bil­lyk. “Life can only be un­der­stood back­wards; but it must be lived for­wards.” -- Søren Kierkegaar­d

“Look­ing back­wards I think I was lucky that when I was young, the Art Gallery of On­tario was not far from where my fam­ily lived, and I got to see many great works of art up close; Rem­brandt, Ver­meer, Gains­bor­ough, Rubens, Pi­casso, Monet, De­gas, Rodin, Bernini, Paul Kane, Warhol, Bor­d­uas and so many more. I was hooked and art be­came a pre­oc­cu­pa­tion for me. I read many art books and taught my­self how to draw and paint,” says Ed­wina Bil­lyk.

“Then art changed to an oc­cu­pa­tion for me when, one year an art class was added to my teach­ing timetable. For three sum­mers I stud­ied it in a more for­mal way. Af­ter that, I en­joyed work­ing with stu­dents to help them cre­at­ing art. Now I do en­joy gar­den­ing when it’s not rain­ing and work­ing in my stu­dio when it is.”

ECLEC­TIC THEMES: Some of Ed­wina Bil­lyk’s works.

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