Honourable Mention Award Winner Rock-bound by Susan Straiton Oil on canvas, 12" x 12"
Juror Comments: Beautifully paint gem like composition. There is an economy of paint and brushwork that gives it spontaneity of energy. I feel as if the atmosphere could change in the painting at any minute. The colour selection does give a feeling of water and worn rugged and smooth shoreline. This painting works on many levels, spatial relationships being one.
This award is sponsored by City Revival.
Susan Straitoncomes from a family of artists. As a child, weekend sketching trips and constant drawing, along with the mentoring of a number of attentive art teachers, immersed her in a life dedicated to the visual arts. After graduating from Sheridan College, Straiton worked at several Oakville galleries, the CNE Gallery for OAC, and in Toronto painting animation cells at the The Magic Machine Cartoon Factory.
In the mid-1970s, she built a studio-houseboat with an artist friend, a solution to high rents. They launched it in Lake Muskoka and for a number of summers Straiton lived and worked on it. In 1980, an opportunity to work in the Lake Louise area mountains allowed her to explore the solidity of rock against the delicacy of clouds. After a couple of years, she returned to Ontario and to Prince Edward County where she remains to this day … living and painting.