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Artists, or really good artists, often evolve in their craft. After taking the time to develop their skills, if more time and effort is dedicated, a true artist is born.
Looking at a painting by Roxanna Kibsey, it is easy to recognize the convincing nature of her compositions – the realistic form, shadows and colour choices. But, upon closer inspection, masterful blue pallet strokes in the bark of a birch tree or elaborately detailed backgrounds reveal the effort she has put into developing her craft and reveal an obviously accomplished painter.
Though, Roxanna understood the magic of art from as early as the age of four, it wasn’t until the year 2010 when she could dedicate herself wholly to painting. She took classes part-time growing up in Northern Quebec (Sept-Isles) and continued to take courses for 30 years after moving to Montreal, at schools that include: Dawson and Champlain Colleges and l’École des Beaux-Arts Saidye Bronfman. But her real artistic development came from difficulty and escape.
For 30 years, Roxanna worked in the airline industry. As the years of economic uncertainty put unprecedented pressure on employees, Roxanna grew to depend on her art to help her cope, spending up to 20 hours a week of her spare time painting. In these years, she perfected her technique and grew into a true artist.
Retired in 2010, Roxanna is now ready to devote herself full time to painting. She works from the Montreal Art Centre, where her smile and receptive gaze betray an obvious thrill at sharing her passion with other artists and visitors of the centre. She refers to this period as a fresh start but it could be described as a metamorphosis; she has been known to utter: “I breathe; I paint.”