angela mcquaid lavender



 After graduating from P.E.C.I. in Prince Edward County, Angela Lavender pursued Art Fundamentals through distance education at Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her artistic skills improved greatly giving her the confidence to apply to Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and in April 2012 she graduated with a 4.0GPA, receiving high honours and a silver medal.

She has shown work in Catamount Clyde Studio and Gallery, Blizzmax Art Gallery, Arts on Main Gallery, The County Collection, Art in the County and at Sheridan College. Lavender received the Faculty Award of Excellence for a Graduating Second Year Visual and Creative Arts Student during the 1095 Days of Creation Graduate Show at Sheridan. Amelie Koning also mentioned the emerging artist in a small article in the Belleville newsletter, The Umbrella. Lavender specializes in portrait art but during her years at Sheridan has fallen in love with mixed media. Although she enjoys dabbling in a variety of different mediums, after getting married to 2014, Lavender discovered the endless possibilities of fabric when she designed and created her own fabric bouquets. She and her husband live in Prince Edward County where she operates her businesses Angela Makes Art and Bridal Flora. She is currently a member of the Prince Edward County Arts Council and Arts on Main Gallery in Prince Edward County. 



Artist's  Statement

At the core of it all, making art makes me happy. I enjoy the exploration of it, the variety of mediums and the limitless possibilities. Art is an experience; like tasting sushi for the first time, or traveling somewhere you have never been before. It is an adventure that with each step leaves me changed and gives me a sense of growth and accomplishment.

My art process is reflective of my nature and personality. I like the idea of planning, but often choose to go with the flow. Whether I am painting, drawing, or working with mixed media or fibre arts, my work develops naturally. Although I usually have a vague idea of what the end result will be, I tend to break the rules to avoid being bound by the constraints of my own guidelines. The direction in which I take my work relies heavily on my gut instinct as I get enveloped in the progression of what each piece is becoming.

Discovery is the key ingredient to all of my work, especially in the realm of mixed media. It provides me with an abundance of materials which allow me to hide or reveal whatever I feel necessary. I become fully engrossed in the process of carefully selecting each method and tool in order to help form the end result. It is a creative process that is unpredictable because it alters as the subject matter emerges.