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Artist: Dixie Orriss
Public Art Production: St. Albert Place
StArts Fest Location: Arcadia Café and Bar, 50 – 24 Perron Street, St. Albert
I propose to paint the “piano” for the Keys for the City Project in a Vincent Van Gogh style as his art has always been a great inspiration to me. I would love to have the opportunity to make a composite of some of Van Gogh’s art in a way that the viewer can feel familiar and relate to the work at the same time. The vibrant colors and the movement of the direction of the brushstrokes will lend itself well to this type of project.
Dixie Orriss was born and raised in Coronation, Alberta. Growing up, she always had a passion for drawing, but decided to take another route and worked in show jumping and dressage stables in Canada and the United States before studying and graduating from Biological Sciences at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Orriss then worked at the University of Alberta in a Diabetes Research Lab and began studying art in her spare time. After taking a drawing course through the Alberta Art Gallery, she decided to take art a little more seriously and studied classical European and non-traditional methods of drawing, painting and sculpture under J. Birnie from 1987 to 1992. At this time Orriss also studied painting, design, art history and life drawing with the University of Lethbridge and Grant MacEwan College. After teaching art part time she opened Pygmalion School of Fine Art in 1992 in St. Albert, Alberta and has continued to operate the school as the owner/director.
Orriss works primarily in acrylic, oil and watercolour. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, and in corporate and private collections.