"I believe that everyone should find time to play and artistic expression in any form can transform your life. We are all creative beings and taking the time for ourselves to paint, draw and sculpt can lead to health benefits both physically and mentally."
Amber Blythe is a local Barrie who graduated from the Fanshawe College. She has been dedicated to watercolour painting; working with students and instructing and painting daily. She is inspired by life, nature, and she also paints en plein air.
The Creative Palette was originally opened in Thornton, Ontario in May 2010. As of April 8th, 2015, we moved to our new studio at 36 Wellington St. in Barrie. In this bright century home we will continue to grow our reputation for outstanding art programming for all ages and levels and offer quality picture framing service to Barrie and surrounding areas. We believe that the process of discovering, framing or creating art is therapeutic and by offering a small personalized home-based business where service still matters, we can give our customers a brief respite from a very busy world.
Heather Dekker graduated from Sheridan College's Illustration Program in 1990, while working as a picture framer and an art teacher. "One of the many really good things about the program at Sheridan is it really taught me how to draw and to see what I am drawing. It gave me many hours working in life drawing and structural drawing which to me is the basis of being able to accurately portray my subjects. As well it offered a variety of painting, printmaking and designing programs where you learned composition, colour theory and technique. It is one of the reasons today I like experimenting with the mediums and I continually thrive to push the boundaries of what I know. I love my job because I never stop learning and it gives me a creative advantage most picture framers do not have."
In this natural setting, and with very small class sizes, we will encourage others to explore their creativity. Our studio has a large solarium off the back and backs on to 3/4 of an acre into perennial gardens where you can create both indoors and out. "My strength lies in my ability to share in a variety of mediums in both 2 and 3 dimensional work. My philosophy is that by giving children, teens or adults a positive environment in which they can explore materials and methods, and to approach these projects with just the sheer joy of playing, opens up a world of possibilities in the simple act of creating. It is a wonderful sense of accomplishment." Heather Dekker.
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