Clear tranquil water with shimmering reflections on the rocks! What a wonderful image, and a rare talent to capture a moment in time. The Georgian Triangle is truly blessed with many wonderful artists, especially one like Ona Alisauskas.
Her incredible use of watercolour takes us to another world when we look at her works. Her images of water are my personal favorites, especially when she captures the sprit of youth enjoying a swim. And what better place to paint than our own Georgian Bay with its ever-changing colour and moods.
A graduate of the Ontario College of art, Ona’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her many accomplishments include recently being accepted into the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Painters in Watercolour. Two well deserved honours for this distinguished artist.
Born and raised in Toronto, after graduating from OCA, Ona worked for the Mississauga Library System as a staff artist. She then completed studies at Sheridan College in Computer Graphics. Ona’s desire to learn and share lead her to the University of Toronto where she graduated from the Faculty of Education. This allowed her to teach for the Peel Board of Education, and then later at Humber College.
In 2001 Ona moved to Craigleith. Her Studio home allows her to both work and teach. "After years of painting on the dining room table, I find my new studio a very liberating place in which to work." says Alisauskas.
"I challenge myself by tackling difficult subjects such as water which demands careful observation and no-fudge painting. Glazing the paint builds up layers of colour subtlety, detail and textural richness. Most parts of the paper are worked many times until my eye tells me it is right. It’s not a quick process, but the results have power."
Her paintings have a warmth and clarity to them that makes the viewer immediately relate to the subject matter. "Having Children changed my art. I celebrate youthful rights of passage; dunking in the clear water at the shale beach, or tiptoeing through a spooky abandoned farm house." Alisauskas explains. "Painting these moments makes me feel young again."
For further information or to view some of the extraordinary water colours, contact Ona at her Northwind Studio, 213 Lakeshore Road in Craigleith or visit her on line at www.atnorthwind.com.
Written by Margot Nicolson-Trott
Owner, Georgian Frame Gallery
172 Hurontario Street. Collingwood