I have always had a love of art and always felt the need to express myself in a creative manner. I like to think that my work shows me as I am - at times a simple person with simple tastes and a love of line and colour, and at other times - much more complex and questioning.
It is important to me to think outside the box. Exploring and seeking out new things and trying old things in new ways have always been part of who I am. I have found it difficult to accept the philosophy that things should be done a certain way because “that’s the way it has always been”.
I like to have fun with my paintings – hence, the bright colours, the simplicity and sometimes, the purposeful – and playful - discord.
I like to work in mixed media especially because I can greatly extend the limits of what I can express and achieve. However, I am always interested in trying new art forms.
Louise Adams was born, raised and educated in Winnipeg. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) degree from the University of Manitoba. She was employed by the Government of Manitoba for nearly 30 years in labour relations, human resources, compensation and other labour related areas.
As a teenager, she was privileged to study art with George Swinton and Steve Repa from The University of Manitoba Fine Arts Faculty, Saturday morning art program for youths. As an adult, she took classes with Ted Koral (who worked extensively with Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg). She studied stained glass from Winnipeg glass artist, Warren Carther through a University of Manitoba Fine Arts course and further with Prairie Stained Glass Studio. Later when Louise turned to watercolour, she took classes with Morden artist, Bruce Boehr. Soft and gentle prairie winter scenes were a favourite subject.
Louise has had a lifelong interest in art despite her career detour. Since moving to Kelowna eleven years ago, Louise claims that the art and creativity has exploded out of her. She has taken many courses locally and been influenced by B.C. artists.
One of Louise’s rules is that there are no rules. Everything is an experiment. Her current style is abstract/contemporary/experimental. Louise’s work incorporates simple bright colour, texture, strong contrast and line. While she has a subject or idea in mind when she produces her work, observers often find that they will have their own interpretation. Consider hanging her work upside down or on its side -- whatever best expresses your interpretation!
The body of work is often described as highly unusual, distinctive and creative. Louise likes to have fun with her work. It gives her great pleasure when people say that the work makes them smile or laugh or brightens their day in some fashion. She loves the energy of bright colours.
Over the years, Louise has belonged to many local art organizations.