Spring 2011 – Mary McCallum born in Toronto took her first photography course at age 12 and has not put the camera down since. She was exposed to painting through her Aunt who she would stay with during school breaks and completed a few oils in her early teens. Due to life’s circumstances, the path of an artist was not in the cards. Later on in life she returned to night school taking credits towards a media arts degree at Ryerson University and soon after was accepted into an Advertising Design Program at the International Academy of Design in Toronto. She worked as a Production Manager producing TV adverts for a small production company and oversaw the art department. She also accepted a few roles as Art Director on low budget films. The industry was up and down and it was always challenging but Mary was very passionate about it and she persevered. Several years later Mary accepted a position at an ad agency on Grand Cayman. Over the last few years she has become more involved with the Visual Arts Society taking various art related courses. Mary has always kept up her photography and has accumulated many images from her travels through South America, Spain and many Caribbean Islands. Recently she has been focusing on scenic close up images. When she worked in film she used a lot of spray paint and has been incorporating that into her mixed media pieces. Most of her work comes from the inspiration of what she sees through her lens and the end result may be a composition framed or transformed into an acrylic on canvas or a mixed media. She has experimented with some textured acrylics and really likes to add dimension to her work by sometimes adding a subtle prop. She is very new at the art of painting on canvas but exploring different styles trying to find her niche.
View Mary’s website: www.onQ.ky
Summer 2011 – Joanna Austin was born in Cayman and has been drawing ever since she can remember. She went to boarding school in England at age 11 followed by 4 years studying fine art and later, illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. Jo experimented with a variety of techniques and themes which she has perused since leaving art collage a few years ago. Her work is an eclectic mix of water colour painting and she is known for her paintings with quill and ink detail. Since returning to Cayman she has exhibited a few times on island, twice at the Ritz as well as contributing to various exhibitions in Cayman and most recently entered 2 large oils in the Ogier Art Awards. She has also dabbled in various commissions; from local maps to the cover of Good Taste magazine and in-between work at Jacques Scotts, her own projects she accepts commissions.
View Joanna’s website: www.jopaintscayman.com