Steve, our resident shop dog.
He's a smiler!
I began my love of painting about 25 years ago when a co-worker talked me into taking a folk art class. I was hooked. Since then I have taken as many classes and workshops as I could and exposed myself to as many books and videos as possible. I’ve learned from talented friends, small informal classes and more formal venues like the Haliburton School of the Arts.
The instructor who made the greatest impression on me was Igor Babailov, "a Russian-born American painter and portrait artist, known for his commissioned portraits of global leaders, celebrities and distinguished individuals.” I was very fortunate to be exposed to an artist of his caliber and the information I learned from him has continued to be relevant. My formal learning and my personal experiences as an artist (including several large-scale murals, commissioned pieces and my own art) are all things I share with the students who attend the classes I now teach at The Painted Tree.
A little over 10 years ago while at a crossroads in my life, I decided to enter into the art supply business by opening The Painted Tree. Since that time, the business has grown to include not only supplies for local artists, but also classes teaching various genres of art and meeting the needs of students at all levels of experience and skill. These classes have been taught not only by me, but also by artists from areas across Canada and from the US.
About 3 years ago we expanded our services again to include Custom Framing.
Being so involved in Cobourg and the art community has been a wonderful experience. I’ve made many amazing friends and everyday I learn something new about the art world.