Jody Waldie was born on the West Coast of British Columbia and is held firmly there by the roots of its natural beauty.
A career in education, with various teaching and school administrator positions, provided much time for encouraging and facilitating the artistic development of her students and less time for her own artistic ventures.
Jody now resides on Mayne Island surrounded by nature, fulfilled with the joy of grandchildren, critters, her partner for life and her painting.
She feels a strong visual, emotional and physical connection with the natural world and represents this for the viewer through use of colour, shape and value in her images.
I am privileged to be strongly connected to the natural beauty that surrounds me in the environment I call home.
Through my paintings I experiment, discover and represent the beauty of nature through the deliberate use of colour, shape and value with oil paint media.
I appreciate these elements as they exist in my visual world, filtered through my emotional senses and expressed boldly on canvas through my compositions.
My mentors are held close to my heart. Emily Carr, Vincent van Gogh, and a very special artist whose presence I feel each and every time I pick up a brush. A few short years ago I lost my mother, Betty Waldie, who started painting at 82 years of age. I remember her first painting. She courageously faced the blank canvas, picked up a brush and soon colours and shapes were boldly and freely falling into place. Images began to appear pure to what she saw, felt and wanted to represent to others.
My intention is to represent my world to others with this same sense of freedom.