Edwina Billyk: Self-taught artist
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.