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Artist Charity Dakin


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Collectors Say:


"Doing business with you has been one of the most straight forward honest experiences I have had for a long time. Your work is incredible."
-Gerry Barnes, AB
 



Other Artists Say:


"Her subjects: wildlife, farm animals, local landscapes and aboriginal people. These are the choices that connect her to 150 years of painting on the prairies (think Frederick Remington and Paul Kane), as well as other contemporary Canadian artists (Robert Bateman)." - Creative Living, Wendy Stefansson



Biography


Charity’s creativity has always been clear. “I’ve been drawing animals since I could hold a crayon,” she recalls. Born on Canada’s West Coast, the daughter of a dairy farmer and the oldest of five children, she certainly was not born into the art establishment. Her early years revolved around chores, the farm animals, and drawing them. And when she wasn't drawing she was discovering all she could about wildlife. “I used to walk through the corn field on Saturdays after chores to my grandparent’s house. They had 2 things – a National Geographic magazine subscription and cable TV. I spent hours reading the wildlife articles there and watching nature shows, and then I'd go home and draw everything. I just couldn't help myself.” Her fascination for wildlife combined with daily interaction with the livestock taught her two very important things – observation and hard work, qualities that would become evident in her painting.
 
Influenced by many of the great American, Canadian, and European masters of the past as well as various contemporary masters, Charity paints with careful attention to technique while striving to capture the relationship between the viewer and subject matter. She now has firsthand opportunities to observe the subjects that end up in her paintings, and spends hours walking, searching for, and studying material around her home located in the northern boreal region of Canada. Her proximity to Canada's magnificent Rocky Mountains also offers a vast resource for the landscapes and subjects which often end up in her work. Her larger works in oil have been described as "impressionistic realism" with a focus on light and a sense of place.
 
Recently, Charity has begun to explore the rich tradition of botanical art and illustration in watercolour as the flora and fauna subjects are as much a part of the environment and landscape as the [...]

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