When I first met Cierra as her art teacher at the beginning of grade 11 she was extremely subdued and reserved. She wore nondescript shapeless black clothes; her shoulders were hunched and her face downcast, her shoulder length black hair a screen between us.
As the year progressed, I noticed small improvements in Cierra’s sociability and an increase in her self-confidence. I gently joked with her to get her to smile. When Cierra returned to school for grade 12 she was expressing herself through fun clothes, and hair which went from black to pink and then back to black.
I know it’s a cliché , but it was like she was a bud that bloomed right in front of me. We discussed the incredible changes that I had seen, and I asked her if I could paint her portrait. I don’t pretend that I had anything to do with the amazing changes that I saw in Cierra, but I hope that art was an outlet that helped her understand herself and her place in the world, and to learn to accept herself as a valuable part of it.
|Technique:||Oil on Canvas|
|Contents:||Dahlia, Flower, Plant, Adult, Female, Person, Woman, Face, Head, Photography, Portrait, Petal, Rose, Flower Arrangement, Flower Bouquet, Peony, Floral Design, Graphics, Pattern, Geranium|
|Edition:||Original, one of a kind artwork|
|Unframed Size:||24in x 24in|
Sheila Van Delft
Langley, British Columbia
Sheila Van Delft is a visual artist who paints landscape and wildlife with sensitivity and thoughtfulness and hopes to bring a little of the wilds into the homes of her collectors. Her images include a wide variety of subjects such as mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and BC birds and wildlife.
"I have been an artist since I was a child and can’t imagine my life without painting. My favourite subjects to paint are landscape and wildlife so it’s amazing to be able to paint what I see around me every day."