A solo exhibition of Australian and Canadian botanical watercolour paintings
November 1, to November 13, 2010
Opening reception on Monday November 1, 2010 from 7 – 9 pm.
Always a keen gardener Aliya is a qualified Master Gardener from Guelph University and a graduate of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. Growing up in the Australian bush of the Southern Tablelands she has been fascinated with wildflowers since childhood. She has photographed, composed and illustrated hundreds of wild flower specimen in their natural Australian habitat during her annual family visits to Australia for the past ten years, and this has provided her with rich material for composition and painting. Living in Deep River with its large tracts of untamed forest in and around Deep River is a naturalist’s dream and has given Aliya a unique opportunity to follow her fascination with wildflowers and mushrooms of the area and allowed her to produce collections of Botanicals that thrive in similar habitats. The seasonal variations in Canada adds a different dimension to her works that makes for very exciting collections of Canadian flora for botanical compositions. Apart from working with watercolors Aliya has been experimenting with Gauche and Acrylics in her most recent works.
Aliya’s works have been exhibited widely and her paintings are included in private collections in Canada, USA, England, Australia, Germany and Mexico. Her marbled fabrics and cards have sold in the National Gallery of Canada, Craft Council of Ontario and the Textile Museum in Toronto. Aliya lives and works in Deep River, and her works can be found at the “From the Valley Artisans Co-op” Gallery, in Deep River, Ontario, Canada.