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About Art: Teenage artist gaining local, provincial and national recognition


Recently the town of Truro purchased Anna Fullerton's portrait of Robert Stanfield to add to its permanent art collection.

Fullerton also created the beautiful mural at Central Colchester Junior High School in Onslow commemorating Olympic medallist Clara Hughes' visit to the school last spring. This year, her portrait entry in the Royal Canadian Legion's Remembrance Day contest not only won the provincial award, but also won second place at the nationals. At 15, this very talented artist from Lower Onslow is quickly becoming a rising star.

How did you start making art?

I started drawing when I was very young, but during the past two or so years I began to take it more seriously. I started portraiture in the summer of 2014, and immediately fell in love. I make art because I like the challenge of capturing the person on the other side of the paper, and with people, there is a never-ending surplus of unique faces to choose from!

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

Because of my own age, I would really like to inspire other young artists. It's important not to give up just because you get discouraged one day, because the harder and more you work, the better the result will be. Just because you can't do something now, doesn't mean you won't be able to do it in a year.

How do you know when a work is finished?

More often than not, I will label a piece as "finished" when I get tired of doing it. Because I love the process of painting so much, it's easy for me to recognize when my creativity has run dry. When I have done as much work as I can, then it is officially finished.

Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

I have a Tuff Stuff eraser stick and a white gel pen that I'm sure I'd die without. I use the eraser stick for erasing, but also for creating highlights in charcoal pieces. The gel pen is really great for adding bright whites to paintings.

What's your favourite piece of work that you have created?

I did a watercolour piece of Misha Collins one day when I was off school, and I am very proud of the eyes. I am not always confident with my work, but I'm very happy with the result of this particular one.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have in mind the idea to paint a large watercolour piece revolving around the theme of "water." I have never practised painting liquids before, so I think it will be fun. I also plan to do a series exploring different traditional clothing around the world, like the Kilt, Hanbok, Yukata, Bunad, etc.

What are you doing when you're not creating?

I spend a lot of my time studying, since I will be going into Cobequid Educational Centre this year and entering international baccalaureate courses. I am active in filming, and am learning Korean independently. In June, I will begin learning Chinese from a friend at the local university.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Most of the time, people are surprised to know that I am 15! A lot of the time, I'm mistaken for older.

Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Truro Daily News. Guinan also writes a weekly column for the Colchester Weekly News. Both can be viewed online at www.trurodaily.com. Contact her at janice@janiceguinan.com.

Fullerton also created the beautiful mural at Central Colchester Junior High School in Onslow commemorating Olympic medallist Clara Hughes' visit to the school last spring. This year, her portrait entry in the Royal Canadian Legion's Remembrance Day contest not only won the provincial award, but also won second place at the nationals. At 15, this very talented artist from Lower Onslow is quickly becoming a rising star.

How did you start making art?

I started drawing when I was very young, but during the past two or so years I began to take it more seriously. I started portraiture in the summer of 2014, and immediately fell in love. I make art because I like the challenge of capturing the person on the other side of the paper, and with people, there is a never-ending surplus of unique faces to choose from!

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

Because of my own age, I would really like to inspire other young artists. It's important not to give up just because you get discouraged one day, because the harder and more you work, the better the result will be. Just because you can't do something now, doesn't mean you won't be able to do it in a year.

How do you know when a work is finished?

More often than not, I will label a piece as "finished" when I get tired of doing it. Because I love the process of painting so much, it's easy for me to recognize when my creativity has run dry. When I have done as much work as I can, then it is officially finished.

Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

I have a Tuff Stuff eraser stick and a white gel pen that I'm sure I'd die without. I use the eraser stick for erasing, but also for creating highlights in charcoal pieces. The gel pen is really great for adding bright whites to paintings.

What's your favourite piece of work that you have created?

I did a watercolour piece of Misha Collins one day when I was off school, and I am very proud of the eyes. I am not always confident with my work, but I'm very happy with the result of this particular one.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have in mind the idea to paint a large watercolour piece revolving around the theme of "water." I have never practised painting liquids before, so I think it will be fun. I also plan to do a series exploring different traditional clothing around the world, like the Kilt, Hanbok, Yukata, Bunad, etc.

What are you doing when you're not creating?

I spend a lot of my time studying, since I will be going into Cobequid Educational Centre this year and entering international baccalaureate courses. I am active in filming, and am learning Korean independently. In June, I will begin learning Chinese from a friend at the local university.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Most of the time, people are surprised to know that I am 15! A lot of the time, I'm mistaken for older.

Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Truro Daily News. Guinan also writes a weekly column for the Colchester Weekly News. Both can be viewed online at www.trurodaily.com. Contact her at janice@janiceguinan.com.

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