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Meet Joan Kirton-Salter (1952-1956): Painter and Sketch Artist

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Joan Kirton_Salter.pngWhen I was ten years old, I discovered the British author, W.E. Eastways, who wrote about boarding school days, which I found fascinating. The following year, I began Michaelmas Term at Edgehill. Besides receiving an excellent education, one of my best memories is the food! The school employed very good cooks, and delicious chicken dinners on Sunday still remain in my memory.

I am fortunate to live in the forest on Rigaud Mountain and have nature on hand to inspire me. Twenty-eight years of painting, taking classes, including art school, have helped me to produce works in oil, acrylic, prints, watercolours, portraits and collage. I believe drawing is the basis of art and would encourage students to sketch as much as possible: carrying paper and pencils with one, has surprising rewards in capturing a gesture or an interesting shape. Herein, is an ink and acrylic abstract painting called, "Fantastical Orchard" and a collage, "Homage to Emily Dickinson" which has my drawings, found objects of buttons, a Victorian earring, ribbon, an 1888 cloth spine and cover of a poetry book which was falling apart, and pressed floras. Emily has left us such an interesting Herbarium to enjoy. Today, keeping in touch with a few dear classmates is meaningful to me.

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