The Inside Story ~ Celeste Delahey

Throughout my lifetime I have done many creative things.  I learned how to sew, quilt, cake decorate, and play piano and guitar.  I had always wanted to paint but didn’t think I had the talent but when I found out about the USCAD program 10 years ago I decided to enroll.  Paintings began to take shape and I immersed myself into the art world. 

I am particularly attracted to our beautiful prairie scenes, especially clouds, skies, and open roads.  I grew up on a farm so I was surrounded by the vast prairie spaces and fields.  From the bright blue skies with ever-changing cloud shapes to the incredible jewel-toned sunsets and sparkling lakes, I have a deep desire to recreate it with paint and canvas.  I work with acrylic paint and usually large brushes.   I really enjoy painting with deep, bold colours and try to instil my appreciation of the prairie land with my colour choices and depiction of the landscape, whether realistically or impressionistically.  When I paint, I get lost in the moment and am always surprised to see that many hours have passed.  It’s not all wine and roses, sometimes there are many thorns, but each success and failure adds to the artistic journey.  I am grateful to have the means to travel down this road.

‘Take Me Home’ – Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches
‘Roadside Slough’ – Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

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