My friend Colleen, shown in the red sweater, ordered a winter scene, after seeing mine- shown behind me on the wall. Many thanks to Colleen!
About the artist
My dear brother Leonard noticed my drawings and bought me my first quality sketch book, easel and sketching pencils for Christmas when I was about twelve years old. That was the best gift ever!
I always wanted to be an artist, and a nurse too. I studied nursing. I became a Registered Nurse and focused in Active Medicine/Palliative Care at the local hospital in Barrie, for about twenty years. After the hospital , I worked at Hospice Simcoe. My focus was Palliative Care in Hospice Simcoe for almost five years. I went to an office nursing job for almost five years, after Hospice. I was employed as a Client Care Co-Ordinator, aka Case Manager, at CCAC- now called the LIHN.
I had almost given up the idea of coming out of retirement and had just about given up my nursing license to ever nurse again, but then at the very last minute I decided I was not retired just yet. I recently finished a fulltime period ending April 2021, working for a Covid Assessment Centre- since December 2020. I am not going to sugar coat that job- it was a long day and hot under all the PPE and plastic face shield. Working in this pandemic has been difficult for all nurses and medical staff and I am grateful to all of my colleagues and all professionals in this field.
My signature on a painting surprises many people. I use my maiden name and my married name together - 'Boyce Robinson'.
I am mainly self taught - for many years I would listen to instructional videos and research various painting techniques.
There are two very good painting instructors who made an impact on my progress for artwork.
Merv Richardson is a great teacher in abstract water colour painting. I enjoyed many lessons from him in his Dalston location and in Barrie. I enjoyed painting in his class for almost ten years- off and on.
Joe Delgrosso from Joe's Art Studio in Cookstown, is another great teacher in realism using acrylics and oils. I was able to take daytime regular art classes after I retired, the first time. I learned a great deal in 2019 about acrylic and oil painting. Many thanks to Joe!
When I was working as a Registered Nurse at Hospice Simcoe in 2013, I donated water colour paintings to help raise money for Hospice. These paintings are still hanging in the Hospice Simcoe ten private resident room walls, above the beds. I am grateful to Kelly Hubbard, and fellow nurses, for encouraging me to paint for the house. Some of my paintings were made into small cards to help raise money for the house. These Greeting Cards can still be purchased at the main entrance reception in Simcoe Hospice - 100% of the proceeds goes toward supporting Hospice Simcoe!
My seasonal greeting cards can be found here on my website!
After we are in a safe place and covid 19 is finally long gone, we can resume our paint sessions together. in the meantime, I am working on giving you ZOOM classes.
I taught Zoom paint sessions in water colour for the citizens of Base Borden for six months in 2020-2021.
To inquire about a paint night, art session or to request a commissioned painting, please feel free to contact me at; firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy painting everyone!