I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and have lived here all my life. As a kid, my mom
sparked my interest in creative things by being an example. She wrote poetry, did
calligraphy and had a great talent for anything creative. For Christmas one year my parents bought us girls a Jon Gnagy “Learn to Draw” kit and I’ve been hooked ever since.
In my pre-teen years I was fortunate enough to win an honorable mention in a Canada-wide poster contest for fire prevention and was presented an award by the then governor-general of Canada. By the time I reached my teens my allowance pretty much got used up for art supplies. My sisters & I spent many afternoons and evenings drawing new fashions for our paper dolls and creating window embellishments for whatever holiday we were celebrating. Still in my teens I decided to take up oil painting and managed to complete a number of them before I discovered a new passion – BOYS!!
Art sort of came and went over the years and having a very big family, 5 girls and 1 boy kept me very busy. My art got put on the back burner out of sight but never out of mind. About 15 years ago I re-engaged my love for art and with the encouragement of my biggest fan – my husband, I decided to try my hand at watercolors. That was an undertaking! Watercolor is so beautiful but I found it to be a very unforgiving medium that did not allow me the control I needed, so a number of years ago I picked up a set of colored pencils. My love for colored pencils goes back to junior high and every year getting a new set for school and the excitement I felt sharpening all the bright new colors and using them for the first time. Of course, the pencils I use today are professional artist quality.
Now I have my space, Pencil & Brush Studio, dedicated to creating my art and I spend a lot of time there.
Terry Mellway Artist/Author/Instructor/Member of CPSA(Colored Pencil Society of America)/Member of Manitoba Society of Artists/Member of the GAC(Gimli Art Club)/Member of the WAVE (The Interlake Artists Studio Tour)
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