|Welcome to the Palette Pair
Last Updated: December 19th 2011
Art in its many forms has always played a large part in Pauls' life. After taking early retirement from the CNR in 1998, he returned to oil painting by taking several Bob Ross classes here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Within a year, he was on his way to Florida to begin the process of becoming a certified Bob Ross instructor.
He is the first person in Manitoba to be certified in all three areas, Landscape, Floral, and Wildlife. This was the beginning of a whole new way of life, as Paul then began to share his love of painting with students throughout Manitoba. He and his wife Paula have seen more of their home province while travel teaching than they had in the many years they have lived here.
Their travels are not confined to Manitoba, however, as they have also travelled to California where Paul has studied privately with master seascape artist Joyce Ortner, to Kansas where he has studied with country artist Dorothy Dent, also with still life artist Elizabeth Pruitt; to Phoenix Arizona to paint with acrylic artist Jerry Yarnell, and to Las Vegas, where he has taken classes with a variety of artists. He has learned many different techniques from these various artists, and now incorporates them into his own style.
Art, like life, is constantly evolving and changing. Similarly, Paul's teaching style changes as he shares his learning and experience with his students.
After Graduating from the University of Winnipeg with the gold medal in music, Julie began taking classes in various art mediums. In 2005 her twelve years experience as a music instructor and her innate artistic abilities led her to begin teaching classes with her father, Paul.
Today, Julie teaches very popular classes through River East Transcona, Louis Riel and the Interlake School Divisions as well as Portage District Artís Center, and private classes in Winnipeg and the surrounding area. Julie has studied extensively with various artists in the United States in landscape (plein aire and studio), still life, and portraiture exposing her to a wide range of techniques.
Julie strives to come up with her own original material for her classes to ensure that students are able to learn something new in each class. Focusing primarily on landscapes, Julie incorporates techniques of the Old Masterís, plein aire principals as well as more simplified folk techniques into her teachable paintings to ensure that painters of differing ability and persuasion learn something applicable to them. Julie also teaches very popular theoretical classes in colour theory and brush technique.