FACILITATOR FRIDAY: DeLee Grant
Name: DeLee Grant
Business Name: DeLee Grant “ARTOGRAPHY”
What medium do you work in? Acrylic, Oil and Fine Art Photography
What do you make? Paintings and photographic prints
What compels you to create? I create art because it has always given me joy. Even as a child in elementary school, I could not wait for “art class”. In later years, it became a form of meditation.
How did you start creating? I was fortunate to have a mother who was an artist, so I was exposed to the joys of creating at a very early age. I have two siblings but I was the only one that acquired this passion to “create”.
Where is your studio is located ? I have to biggest studio in the world - the great outdoors. During winters and in climate weather, particularly in Saskatchewan, I am driven indoors to my studio which is a double car garage. I convinced my husband, the cars had to find a new location.
Why do you create? It is just something in me, something I am driven to do.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?: Actually I have two favourite tools. My plein air easel and my palette knife. I love wielding my palette knife. I have one favourite one I always reach for when I get the notion to slap some paint around.
What is unique about your art practice? I have travelled to several parts of the world to create scenes in “plein Air”. As well, I have taken numerous workshop from “plein air” instructors to learn tips and techniques.
Number of years you have been a crafter or artist: 25+
Describe your work with a movie title: THE SOUND OF MUSIC or DANCES WITH WOLVES
Would you let us hook up your ‘Recently Played’ list on Spotify to the studio speakers?
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently? Last week I was filtering through old clothes and realized that I may have a problem!!! I’ve saved a “onesie” purchased at the ARMY AND NAVY 38 years ago and realized this could be considered as “hoarding”. I’ve convinced myself I’m just “sentimental” and this is NOT actually hoarding.
Favorite season and why? Without a doubt - SPRING
Favorite place? Cypress Hills and Waterton National Park
What is your idea of time well spent ? Exploring various hiking trails wherever we travel (locally and internationally)
Quirky fact... I rode a camel for 2 days across the Wadi Rum Dessert in Jordan and drank freshly gathered unpasteurized camel milk with the Bedouins.
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