Teresa Brogly

Teresa Brogly

I have painted and drawn since I was young. I remember as a child my parents once my five siblings and I with a baby sitter, and to placate me they promised that I could use the new paint set that was sitting high on a dining room cabinet. I stood on tippy toes, looking at the paints, almost beside myself until the babysitter set the paint set out onto the kitchen table.

I attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario during 1974 to 1979 on a full scholarship provided by the Dofasco Steel Company. My degree is in Art and Art History. I married in 1979, moved to Calgary in 1980, and enrolled in Teachers College at University of Calgary. For 17 years I taught art to Junior High students in Calgary on a part time basis, retiring in 2008 in order to focus on my own painting.

The series of paintings that I am working on now are based on the photographs that my husband and I took on a trip to Greece in the fall of 2008. In these works I explore various contrasts, such as textures (rough/smooth), colors (warm/cool), shapes (organic/geometric), shapes (large/small), lines (quick/slow), distance (close up/distant), light (bright/soft), and tonal value (light/dark). I have tried to use these tools to create mood. For example, in one painting I explore the tranquil feeling of an old Mediterranean pine clothed in cool shades and surrounded by warm, sunlit meadows. In another, my attention is drawn to the lonely feeling of a church high up on a hill, burning with bright white light. While in Greece I was fascinated by the feral dogs and cats that live peacefully in the towns. These creatures are not pampered like our own pets, but they seem mostly well fed. I was interested in the dogs that sleep outside; the bright sun and the cool shade created interesting contrasts that I have tried to capture in painting. Each painting takes me two to four months to complete. Then I pull out another canvas, and begin by drawing in the grid lines from another holiday photograph. My goal in this series is to capture the golden light of Greece and the pristine blue of the Aegean Sea.


Church Santorini

Church Santorini
16" x 24"
Oil

Dog Sleeping In The Sun

Dog Sleeping In The Sun
16" x 24"
Oil

Sunset, Rainy Day

Sunset, Rainy Day
16" x 24"
Oil

Two Dogs Sleeping

Two Dogs Sleeping
16" x 24"
Oil


 

 

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