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I enjoy painting subjects that are considered ordinary and exploring their forms and colors which display their extraordinary qualities.
After I completed my BA in Linguistics and Spanish and my Master’s degree in Education at SFU, I received my Diploma in Art Education from the University of British Columbia in 1999, focusing on ceramics and textiles, after which I was awarded Art Teacher of the Year. As an elementary school teacher and, later, as an art specialist, I used art across the curriculum to enhance understanding and memory.
During my childhood I was fortunate to attend children’s Saturday classes at the old Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street. In my teens I took part in classes at the Vancouver School of Art (the former Emily Carr School of Art).
Ten years ago I rediscovered my passion for painting, attending classes with a wide variety of instructors, including Jeff Wilson, Alexandra Edmonds, Colleen J. Dyson, Mike Svob, Mary Gilkerson and Patti Mollica. Influences on my work include travel, as well as living and working in Japan, Southern California and Guatemala. I am an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists-SOS.
My oil and acrylic paintings have appeared in art shows, art galleries, restaurants and wineries in Osoyoos and Oliver and have been purchased by art lovers throughout Canada and the U.S.. Picture This! Custom Framing and Gallery in Penticton, BC represents my works. Peggy Stel, the owner, is open from Tuesday to Saturday.