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“Why am I painting? It’s pure, painful pleasure,” says Kristine Anderson, Leduc Art Club Artist of the Month. “Painting brings a challenge to see, really see and observe. I paint because I love it and I can’t stop.

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Anderson calls Enchantment Valley, Wizard Lake, home where she draws much of her inspiration. She received no formal art education, but expanded her understanding of painting by attending workshops in Leduc, with other artists living in her community, through the Online Acrylic University, and by painting daily.

She also has a talented group of online photographer friends who provide her with an abundance of wonderful resources.

After retiring from a 42-year career in construction and the oilfield, Anderson found life far too quiet. Finding herself an empty nest and with a husband who was still working, she recalled that she had always wanted to pursue art in one form or another once she had the time. That time was now! She used to say how lucky she was to find art, but she realized how blessed she was that art had found her.

“My passion for color is evident in my paintings. I paint a wide variety of subjects ranging from animals, landscapes and flowers. I love that my paintings have been described as childlike or boldly beautiful. My wish is that my art takes the viewer to a place of peace and joy with a side of a small smile.

See Anderson’s works at the Leduc Art Club during the month of May. You will find it in the room of the Leduc Arts Foundry at the Leduc Recreation Center.

The Leduc Art Club organizes a free stopover on Tuesdays. You are welcome to bring your choice of creations, be it paint, fabric or otherwise, or just come socialize. There is also a free teen drop-in on Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

For more art-related activities, visit www.leducartclub.com.

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