Genna Draper

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“I paint because I love it. I love the chaos I create when making something and knowing order is found at completion.” 

Growing up in Canada’s capital, Ottawa,Ontario. The only child in a large Italian family, my creative pursuits were  always supported and encouraged. Drawing, painting, sewing, sculpting and building were integral activities of my daily life, and as is the case today I am happiest working with my hands.  

My paintings are given life through a combination of materials, technique and a whole lot of elbow grease. Working in different mediums I explore new approaches for their uses and draw on my experiences with colour, textures and space to create mixed media work that is at times abstract, and other times figurative.

I equate painting as a sort of conversation...There’s an idea that needs exploration and or even clarification.  As each layer emerges it is with the thoughts and emotions that pass through my mind in that moment. Each decision and brushstroke is in response to the previous one. 

I have spent 20 years in the business of art as a business owner, event coordinator, design specialist, muralist, teacher, and through it all artist.  
My work is in private collections in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Seattle, Miami, San Fransico, and L.A.

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