by Lee Churchill, Paper Conservator
My name is Lee Churchill, at the Glenbow Museum I am the Paper Conservator but in my spare time I am also a painter and printmaker. This summer I applied to the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus Artists' Residency in Saskatchewan and was accepted to go from 25 August to 1 September. The Emma Lake Artists' Workshops are quite famous and though the Residencies are less well known they are still an excellent opportunity to meet other artists and to spend a week just making art.
While I was there I went for walks and hikes to make field studies that I then turned into larger, more finished works in the studio. The painting behind me is the view from the airplane between Calgary and Saskatoon, and the one I am holding is of an "Artist's Bracken" that I found one morning. While I was there I was able to forget about everything else and concentrate solely on creating. By the end of the week I had eight finished paintings and numerous sketches to keep working from now that I have returned home.