I work and play in beautiful Bear River, Nova Scotia at Green Willow Studio. I paint with oils, acrylic and watercolour – whatever inspires me. I also weave, sew and explore the surprises of monoprinting. And I garden, volunteer in the community, and count my good luck every day.
I moved here from my hometown, Toronto 5 years ago to pursue my yearning for the countryside and to create art fulltime. In my late teenaged years in the 1960’s, I attended a fulltime 3 year fine art and fine craft program that still operates today in Toronto. It was wonderful to be able to try out so many different mediums – clay, sculpture, printmaking, weaving and painting at the Art Center at Central Technical School.
From there I travelled to the German Democratic Republic to spend three years immersed in a new culture and language in socialist Berlin. Those years had a profound influence on my world view, my artistic development and helped me to develop an understanding and compassion for others who find themselves ‘a foreigner in a foreign place.’ During my time at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin I painted under the guidance of Professor Wolfram Schubert, a superb painter and printmaker.
After returning to Canada, I met Larry, my life partner and together we pursued art while raising 2 wonderful, creative children and working 9 – 5.
Thirty years later, in 2007 our children were grown and Larry and I were able to leave the city behind and to resume chasing the dream of painting and silversmithing fulltime in a rural village in eastern Canada.
You can see more paintings at my website FloraDoehler.ca