The recurrent theme of my art has always been nature. I’ve always intended for my art to evoke a response to my creations in the viewer. To do this I initially used only paints. Over the years I’ve added bits of nature like dried bark, grasses, seeds, and mosses, to my nature paintings. Lately these paintings have become more abstract. Viewing nature is not always just seeing individual elements. For example, a forest is just that, not individual trees.
The challenge to venture out into new styles, ideas and materials has its rewards. I feel that I’m experimenting and adapting to the materials incorporated into my paintings. The Wetland series came about because the grasslands in Everglades National Park had an impact on me as a person and as an artist. The variety of colours of the grasses in the tropical light forced me to paint some of these scenes. Because these grasses filter the waters of these wetlands on their way to the sea, I use real grasses in my paintings to emphasize the natural creative process of life and art.
I paint because I’m inspired – nature has an effect on me. The results are my paintings. Since nature evolves and adapts it seems natural for me to experiment with new materials and techniques. This has forced me to achieve my two goals: to grow as an artist, and to create art.
Artist, Carla Miedema, was born in Holland, and after growing up in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has spent the last 40 years living in the Cloyne area, on the edge of the Canadian Shield. Since graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in Fine Art, she has exhibited both solo and group shows of her work extensively since 1972 in Kingston, Napanee, Belleville, Cobourg, Kleinburg Art Gallery, Toronto, Perth, Keswick, Pelham, Fenelon Falls, and Cloyne.
In her pursuit to create a local awareness of art, Carla initiated and chaired the Mazinaw Country Studio Tour and the Bon Echo Art Exhibition & Sale, both in the Cloyne area. Carla is a member of numerous art organizations, and her work was published in the Organization of Kingston Women Artists Datebook. Reviews of her work have appeared in many local newspapers. Her art has received awards and prizes, which include Don Maddock award and the Presqu’ile Art Gallery 2nd place prize. Her art work can be found in collections in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States.
Explore Carla’s website: www.carlamiedema.com