I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and have lived here all my life. As a kid, my mom sparked my interest in creative things by being an example. She wrote poetry, did calligraphy and had a great talent for anything creative. For Christmas one year my parents bought us girls a Jon Gnagy “Learn to Draw” kit and I’ve been hooked ever since. In my pre-teen years I was fortunate enough to win an honorable mention in a Canada-wide poster contest for fire prevention and was presented an award by the then governor-general of Canada. By the time I reached my teens my allowance pretty much got used up for art supplies. My sisters & I spent many afternoons and evenings drawing new fashions for our paper dolls and creating window embellishments for whatever holiday we were celebrating. Still in my teens I decided to take up oil painting and managed to complete a number of them before I discovered a new passion – BOYS!! Anyway, art sort of came and went over the years and having a very big family, 5 girls and 1 boy kept me very busy. My art got put on the back burner out of site but never out of mind. About 10 years ago I re-engaged my love for art and with the encouragement of my biggest fan – my husband, I decided to try my hand at watercolors. That was an undertaking! Watercolor is so beautiful but I found it to be a very unforgiving medium that did not allow me the control I needed, so a few years ago I picked up a set of colored pencils. My love for colored pencils goes back to junior high and every year getting a new set for school and the excitement I felt sharpening all the bright new colors and using them for the first time. Now I have a room dedicated to doing my artwork and I spend a lot of time there. I still do some watercolors and have been trying my hand at acrylics and maybe someday I’ll do an oil painting again but for right now I love working with colored pencil.
Art has always been a part of my life. The connection I feel to everything around me, in the shapes, the colors and the details comes from deep within and my aim is to enable my viewers to see that connection through my artwork and hopefully allow them to appreciate the beauty all around us. Today colored pencils are an extension of my passion for art. When a piece turns out well for me I feel it, so each painting is part of my joy.
– Terry Mellway/Artist/Author/Member of CPSA(Colored Pencil Society of America)/Member of Assiniboia Group of Artists Cooperative Inc./Member of Charleswood Group of Artists, Forum Art Centre Group, Manitoba Society of Artists
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