I have admired the works of JT Winik for years. She's a painter living in Kingston, though she travels a lot, living for a time each year in Spain, the Netherlands or Mexico. Her work is mostly figurative, sensitive, moody, and often has an intangible dreamlike quality. When I used to work at the frame shop, I would love it when a client would brought in one of her works for framing, so I could have the chance to enjoy her painting up close; see the brushwork, the surface textures...all the stuff us artists are so interested in.
SO... you can imagine my complete and utter
surprise; how over the moon I was when recently she contacted me, and
asked if I would consider an artists trade for one of MY paintings!!
Well, um...let me think... YES!!
We did the switcheroo
yesterday...and how good did that feel? Well we both commented and said
that it felt like Xmas on the Canada Day weekend!
Woman in Red' now resides on the wall in my living room right next to
my great grandfathers paintings which I inherited, and cherish so much.
She looks like she belongs there, doesn't she? Her presence speaks to
me of innocence and a child like inner beauty.
'Morning Rush' now hangs on JoAnna's wall where she "can look at it
each morning upon awakening and each night before sleep".
It's quite wonderful to be able to make each other happy just by the act of painting and sharing it, isn't it?