In 2004, we were in the process of opening up our first comic store. I met up with Clint Crowell, an old school friend and amazing artist. We asked him to paint our store signage. I helped paint the sign in acrylic, with him. After that, with his guidance, I was soon sketching and painting using oils.
My first portrait attempt was a picture clip of Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately we had to move before I could finish it. It waited almost two years to be finished, but I finished it on my own. It hangs proudly in our living room and it continues to inspire me.
I have learned other techniques and media since, but my favourites are doing photo realism and fantasy using oil paint. I love to wrap my paintings around the canvas to bring life to them and give them a 3D look.
Since the store sign, I have done commissions, special projects, art for apps, covers and even beehives. Basically if anything needs paint I will jump at the opportunity.
I can also be found on:
Deviantart at https://www.deviantart.com/aileen70
LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/aileendesmarais/