#12 Pat Tymkiw
I have always loved colours and patterns. Because of my early signs of creativity my parents encouraged me - sending me to art classes wherever we lived, and to art school, where I majored in graphic design, photography & ceramics (but mostly trouble). And graduated with a bachelor of Fine Arts honours.
I started working in the graphic field creating historic walking tours for Manitoba. I was out all summer taking photos of heritage buildings and in the winter months I would be in the office designing and producing the publications.
From graphics it was a natural progression to marketing, which took me into the corporate gaming world. In time I began to feel a little disjointed, I enjoyed my work, but it no longer satisfied me. So I started searching. I began taking art classes. My first class was at Prairie Studio Glass creating lamp work beads; that was frustratingly difficult for me - I must give these artists an enormous amount of credit for the patience & control they have to create the small works of art, but it was definitely not for me. However, while I was wandering around the studio, they were unloading a kiln loaded full of treasure! A trove of colour! Oh my! Who knew such a bounty of beauty existed? Fused glass rich with colour and pattern, my a-ha moment. And so started this passion of mine filled with bright, vibrant, saturated colour. I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I enjoy creating them. This is my passion and it is with great pleasure that I share it with you.
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