The Art of A. J. Scanlan


anna ellis When I was seven years old I saw my older brother draw a picture of a girl's head (profile) on the slate panel of our pantry door. To me it was beautiful and perfect, and I knew at that moment that I wanted to be an artist. From then on I spent as much time as I could drawing on anything I could find. Being a country kid, and living in rural Cape Breton, I was very fond of nature, especially the animals. When I could I would also draw horses, dogs, cats, whatever was around. Sometimes I would get lucky and see the odd squirrels, partridges and other wildlife.

We moved to Halifax when I was ten and that was quite an adjustment. I missed the country and the animals especially. I was soon asked to decorate the school windows for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, and so on. My grade five teacher took a special interest in my art and supplied me with art supplies as an encouragement.

I also found the "Romance Comic Books" a good source for doing portraits. My portraits improved and I concentrated on doing those for many years.

Wanting to paint nature and animals especially stayed with me. I joined the Library and found many reference books on wildlife and domestic animals, especially horses, dogs and cats. My interest in both grew and grew. I've developed a style of painting Wildlife and domestic animals (Pet Portraits) that I feel comfortable with.

I'm self-taught mostly, other than local workshops and the odd painting or drawing class in Continuing Education Programs. Even though animals are my love I do paint other subjects.

I offer eight week art classes at my studio, in my home and do commissioned Pet Portraits on request.



Art Instruction Classes forming for spring

Watercolor classes planned for September 2018 click Art Instruction button above for more details

Upcomming Shows

To be determined later

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