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JENNY BAILLIE :"Evolution Is Not a Theory"

posted Jun 11, 2015, 12:23 PM by Executive Director

Originally from New Zealand,
I discovered Rossland 35 years ago seeking Powder, a small
town ambiance and a place to call “home”. I had already
explored a variety of career paths and figured that in the
West Kootenay I would find the next step. The landscape inspired me
to paint. After many workshops, courses and mistakes,
here I am still based in Rossland, painting and exploring.

When I began painting, my singular goal was to capture the
beauty of the natural world and to share it. A pretty picture was
sufficient, although I have never considered a realistic image as
particularly interesting.
My ambition now has morphed into something else. “Beauty” is
still an element, but I am more concerned with
making a comment. How best to do this is the practice of painting.
 It is the all encompassing fascination and
challenge of the  process, working with the paint and 
the chosen surface with the hope
that the resulting image imparts something of
one’s original idea. Shape, colour, values and line dominate my approach.
 The use of negative space is something I am trying to
incorporate. Eventually the act of painting is the crucial thing …
If one keeps at it, testing and playing with the possibilities, then it
is impossible not to grow and change, just as in life, and it
becomes evident that “Evolution Is Not a Theory”.