Reet's Bio

 

I was born in Halmstad, Sweden and immigrated to Canada, with my parents and brothers, in 1950.

I have lived in Quebec and Ontario and, now, I live in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

My interest in hobbies has evolved from drawing to painting and then, in 2009, I discovered the joys of making my own jewelry. It was intoxicating to discover that I could paint and make jewelry and enjoy the process of both artworks so much.     

Jewelry is a daily love affair and designing and creating a beautiful piece of jewelry gives me much joy.

Please visit my online jewelry shop - Glitz and Glamour Jewelry & Art at:  www.reetherder.com

As a painter, I began my first steps into the field of visual arts, with baby steps. Over the years, my journey has encompassed oil pastels, ceramics, tole painting, acrylics, drawing and pen and ink.

In 1998, when I was introduced to oils at the Fraser River School of Arts, I was "hooked" and found that working with a medium such as oils was truly a pleasure to create a painting and, to this day, I am continually delighted with my choice.

I am an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the FVC - Fraser Valley Chapter and the South Surrey and White Rock Art Society and have shown my artwork in their many venues and Juried Shows.

 

Reet's Artist Statement

 

When I began my painting career, in 1998, I was amazed at how quickly I had been captured by the world of art and lured into it’s secret paths to paint life, as I saw it.

Painting became such a passion, for me, which invoked a deep desire to capture, photographically, images from all walks of life that could be used for my artistic expressions.  These photos became my emotional bond which inspired me to put down on canvas what my heart wanted to convey. 

Be it still life, florals, animals, people or landscapes, the whole world became alive and I could hardly wait to start creating my stories. Colors came to life, values took on a different meaning and lights and darks became teachers, in and of themselves.

I felt I had so many stories to paint and the challenge to be able to speak through my artwork was inmeasurable. My mind had become my artistic voice, always ready for another canvas.

Today, my  artistic signature, into the world of visual arts, is an expression of peace and tranquility with images and colors that may capture your heart and soul and bring about the same emotional response that intrigued me to start painting.