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Arleen McCallum


Arleen has been painting regularly in her Toronto-based studio since September 2000 after a career teaching Visual Arts at the secondary school level for the Peel Board of Education. She enjoys both oils and acrylics as well as  watercolours. She paints from  Monday till Friday, about  four to five hours daily, and then uses the weekends to stay up to date viewing  local work in commercial galleries and museums. 

It would be impossible to list all the artists that Arleen appreciates or feels have influenced her work. But a short list of recent shows  of work she has particularly enjoyed would include Andy Goldsworthy, Janet Cardiff, Howard Hodgkins, Edward Burtynsky, Philip Guston, Barnett Newman, John Brown, Paterson Ewan, and Anselm Kiefer.

In addition to painting and appreciating the work of  others, Arleen enjoys other arts – drama, poetry, literature, music.  Summers see the McCallums travelling: they have made several visits to Europe, Asia and around Canada.  These trips allow Arleen to investigate  art shows, galleries, museums and architecture, do some sketching, and make photographic images useful  for  back  home in the studio.

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