Fort Saskatchewan artist Linda Morrow says there’s a story behind each of her paintings.
Morrow’s watercolour, Summer Time, is the latest local artwork chosen for the city’s Art in Public Places program.
Mayor Gale Katchur announced Morrow as 2017’s winner at an unveiling ceremony Apr.16 at the Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery in the Dow Centennial Centre.
“Art and culture is something that is so important within a community,” Katchur said in her address to the crowd. “We do have people in our community that really like to perform. They like to paint. They like to do pottery. There are so many opportunities for our citizens.”
The city launched Art in Public Places in 2005 as a way to celebrate local artists, with a new painting added to the collection each year. The selected pieces, chosen by a committee, are displayed in the community then added to the city’s permanent collection. Morrow’s painting was selected from eight pieces submitted by Fort Saskatchewan artists.
Summer Time shows a child pedaling a bicycle down a sidewalk under a canopy of trees. Morrow said that the story behind the painting is childhood.
“If you look, the trees and everything are so big. The world is so big. The child is so little. But they're fearless. They don't see the world as being scary. They just get out there and do it. And we all should. But we start feeling scared. And then we don't go out and conquer,” she said.
“So it's childhood, and when you look at it, it could be any of us. It could be our kids, our grand kids, or us. We've all experienced this feeling like ‘ahh,’ like if you get on a bike or take a good walk or a run. Some people are runners. And when they run, it's like ‘ahh.’ You feel alive. You feel good.”
Morrow, a longtime Fort Saskatchewan resident, started painting in the 1980s, finding time for her art between working full-time and raising children. Now she paints nearly every day.
“I don't paint anything that I haven't experienced and loved,” she said. “So it has to come from inside. It has to come from my heart.”