Just try to resist touching one of Toronto artist's Andrea Wojnicki's paintings: their tactile nature invites curious fingers. Fortunately, touching her art is exactly what Andrea wants you to do.
What inspires you?
I have always been inspired and affected by intense colours and texture. My favourite colour is turquoise, but I also work with bold primaries, subtle greys, and metallics in my mixed media works. I use a lot of paint!!! Of course, all paintings have some texture. Texture adds interest and intrigue. I hope people will feel compelled to touch my paintings – to literally feel the texture and experience the art beyond a visual and 2-dimensional canvas.
West Coast Current, Andrea Wojnicki, 14" x 11", $475, (free shipping, free returns, no additional fees!)
How did your path lead to creating art?
I painted and drew prolifically in high school. In my 20s, I turned my attention away from art, towards academia and business. I still used my creative and strategic thinking skills while earning B.Comm, and MBA, and Doctorate in Business Administration degrees and enjoying a fulfilling career (which I still do!). About five years ago, following the advice of a good friend who was very sick, I decided to exercise my creativity again through painting. I am so grateful for that advice.
Looking back on the evolution of my painting, I realize there are a few significant people and experiences that have had a profound influence. Of course, there is my family. But more recently I have had the good fortune of working with incredible teachers and fellow painters (you know who you are - Sue, Steve, Jacquie, Cheryl, Carol,….). Your knowledge, kindness and generosity has truly inspired me.
How has your craft evolved over the years?
Overall, I suppose my love of learning has helped my painting evolve and improve. I believe that what goes on the canvas --or comes through in other artistic endeavours-- culminates from the artists’ past experiences and current state of mind. It is deeply personal and (hopefully) unique! For me personally, my career in marketing and my focus on academics has influenced me. I love learning - be it in business school or in an art class. I realized decades ago that I am a visual learner. More recently, I realized that painting has changed the way I look at things. I look at trees more carefully, noting the varied colours in the leaves and shadows. I appreciate the reflection in water. I try to memorize the colours in the sky.
What do you love about painting?
In addition to learning through creating art, painting is also an escape for me. Painting can sometimes be a true "flow" experience. I lose track of time and space and I feel overwhelming joy. It has happened when I am in a room with other painters, but also when I am alone in my studio. It only seems to happen when I am satisfied with what is happening on the canvas.
Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of art?
Sometimes others’ art takes my breathe away. Usually it is when I'm least expecting it. Recently I stood and cried (for real) in front of a Monet at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.