"Born in Sweden to Estonian parents in 1951, my first inspiration came from looking at, from the age of 10 or so, a set of woodcarving paintings by Norwegian artist N.Tangseth, depicting mariner life (my father was a sea captain on ocean-going oil tankers), and also depicting the exodus of Estonian partisans during the war with Russia. My other great inspiration was my mother, who produced many handcrafted pictures of her own design by needlepoint and by knitting.
"As well, our neighbour on Pigeon Lake was an oil painter named Robert Pannell, who had studied with the Group of Seven. I visited his studio once during my early twenties, and was very impressed and also surprised when he walked across the ice-covered lake one winter and presented my parents with an oil painting of their little white cottage, finished in one day!!
"What better avenue of expression for me than to draw and paint? I drew horses in my early years, and still have a love for them.
"I attended Sheridan College for Fundamentals of Fine Arts, a number of courses at Ontario College of Art, and even a year-long course in Computer Illustration with the University of Toronto at the Sheridan campus facility. These early courses gave me a firm grounding in art, and spurred me on to take further workshops and courses when I moved from Oakville to Bobcaygeon. Living on Pigeon Lake was like a dream-come-true, painting and watching the water which changed continually. My fascination with water endures today, as well.
"I have been fortunate enough to have sold paintings, and hope that wherever they may be, that they are enjoyed. I also love to travel, which is often inspiration for my work.
"A number of other painters have influenced me in Kawartha Lakes/Peterborough, and even in Estonia; studying with them has helped to expand my capabilities, particularly in the watercolour medium, and to continue my interest in portraiture and landscape with water.
"I am presently a member of two painting groups, Brushstrokes and EKKT (Eesti Kunsti Klubi Torontos/Society of Estonian Artists), and enjoy the fellow artists whom I have met on my path, and the wonderful world of painting."
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