Artists Statement I consider myself a Multi-media fine artist. What is that? Multi-media responds to the subject in its tactility: the way it feels to touch, to look at and even to smell. My media may be traditional such as oil paint, oil pastel, acquarelle pencil or charcoal, or it may be media such as dyes created from local butternuts or walnuts, or chunks of burnt wood (natural charcoal) that provide a subtle colour and history from the object that it once was. I also create with textiles in art forms such as painted quilts, or needlework techniques such as applique and trapunto, and have recently graduated to creating 3-dimensional works from silk fibres. I am also inspired by natural wood and indulge in creating functional and non-functional pieces from tree limbs (some have called it “rustic”). My inspiration comes from the environment in which I live, and subjects and events that have significance to my life. In recent years the Carolinian forest and man-made buildings of Pelham have offered inspiration. I have just completed a series of 20 aquarelle watercolours depicting historic barns and homes in Fenwick where I live. My work provides a small means of preservation. Along with the artworks, I am inviting our community to help provide historical information on the chosen structures. I am also affected by sea and lakes. I was born and raised in the Fiji Islands and have family roots in the Pacific Island of Samoa. We return each summer for rejuvenating visits to the Caribbean and to the Northland of our own country, Canada. Resulting works focus on water and life found close to water. I invite you to join me in this journey by visiting my studio on-line or shortly in person, or by purchasing a piece of my work.
Most sincerely, Greta Hildebrand
As I start to organize the general portfolio into sections you will see the following aspects of my work:
Artworks for home, office or real estate staging
Fossilized Shells , Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 20″ (each painting)
Greta Hildebrand’s Fine Art Studio is a fine art business that provides authentic, fine art for home, office or for staging of model and existing homes. At this time this business is limited to the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario. Artwork may be selected from an existing inventory or be custom produced for the customer. The present paintings of the inventory are designed as stand-alone works, or can be used as groupings of 2 or 3. All artwork is available for reuse or for sale.
Paper that Incorporates a History
Early in the year I taught a papermaking course at RiverBrink Art Museum through their education series. This lead me to some experimental and fun pieces that are now available in their gift shop.
Historic Barns and Homes Project
Aquarelle Watercolours, 5.5″ x 8.5″
The Historic Barns and Homes of Fenwick exhibition above was held in the Maple Acre Library in downtown Fenwick during the summer of 2015. The exhibition celebrated the rich farming history of the Fenwick community and aligned with The Town of Pelham’s (Ontario) downtown Fenwick revitalization project. The project also served as a means for information gathering. Residents were invited to contribute any relevant historical information pertaining to the barns or homes in the series. Information will be shared with The Town of Pelham’s Historical Society. Artworks not sold are still available. They are now discounted to $150 which includes framing.
Headstones Art Quilts, each work 27″ x 35″
Fabric has always been an inspiration for me. My quilted artworks begin as stretched paintings, then move to a second stage where they are transformed into 3-dimensional pieces. I frequently incorporate embroidery techniques such as trapunto and applique to enhance specific areas. Paint, dye and charcoal are applied during this phase of the work to add more dimension to the work.
I have taken my work into a 3-dimensional realm. Past works have explored the use of paper, much of which is handmade using organic components. Recent works have explored the use of silk fibre. This is applied to the exterior of built forms where specific glues are used to solidify the silk, in much the same way that a silk worm works to create a silk cocoon. The result is something that appears delicate but is extremely sturdy.
I am passionate about wood, specifically branches that suggest sculptural or utilitarian forms. I build rustic furniture from hardwoods including fruit trees and maple – whatever I can get my hands on. Each project dictates whether it will be completed with the bark remaining, or with the bark removed. I use a mortice and tenon joining technique when I can, or screws for more difficult joins.
My furniture can be taken out to a sheltered porch or patio during the summer, but should be kept dry indoors during the winter. Wax or furniture oil is all that they require once or twice a year to maintain a beautiful, natural patina.
Plants are a mainstay of my life. I use plants to create a tapestry of colour, texture, shape and form. This new series of works incorporates containers that I have found abandoned and have breathed new life into them as miniature gardens.
Succulents require a minimum of care but return to us their life and beauty. Keep them outside in a sunny, sheltered location during the summer, and bring in to a sunny window ledge for the winter. Water only once a week, or twice a week during the hottest weather.
I am offering them at $15.00 for the small, $19.50 for the medium, $25.00 for the large sizes. I will also custom design a planter for you using your container or one of mine. It’s an especially useful way of preserving a container which may have broken that you would like keep.