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My artistic imagery originated in dreams, as a teenager living on our homestead in central BC. I am strongly influenced by my mother’s abstract paintings and my website www.articobiota.ca reflects her upbringing in the Argentine and her development as an artist in British Columbia. Our first painting exhibit in 1972, a mother and daughter show, was held at our family farm in Celista, B.C. Subsequently, I attended Foundation Art Courses at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After moving to Toronto, I continued my studies at the Ontario College of Art and graduated with honours in textile design. I worked for a carpet manufacturer in Ontario, as designer and dye assistant.
Moving to Yellowknife in 1991, I worked with dye on silk, which allowed me to explore imagery on large commissions. I was commissioned to design and dye paint a 12 panel silk installation for the new Legislative Assembly of the NWT. This led to further commissions and murals in various media.
I needed texture, transparency and layers to paint the northern landscape so I worked with acrylics. I also enjoy the subtle colour interaction of watercolour on rag media. My northern paintings may be viewed online http://www.articobiota.ca/originals.html
After 25 years in the north, we moved to a century old farm on Cobequid Bay, where my lifestyle has been re-orientated to the tides, the ever changing landscapes and colours. Currently, I am working on a new body of work to embrace the influence of the Fundy shore.