February 2011"Halifax"A series of new acrylic paintings of Halifax that capture people going about their daily activities. With vibrant colour and loose, textured brush strokes, these works explore the beauty, energy, and aesthetics of the otherwise mundane.
"I have always enjoyed painting Halifax. The city streets and people going
about their daily activities make a wonderful subject that contains all that I
love about painting."
About Zehava Power
Zehava was born and raised in beautiful Israel where mild temperatures and
Mediterranean scenery would invite her to pause and observe the world and
people around her. Being the oldest of five siblings with wonderfully
supportive and creative parents in their own right, Zehava's imagination,
creativity and talent were nurtured as a way of life.
In her early twenties, after serving in the Israeli Air Force for three years,
Zehava participated in a painting class and used professional paint and brushes
for the first time. She then enrolled in a graphic design program in a local
college. After the first year of the program, she moved with her parents and
siblings to Toronto where she completed her Graphic Design certificate.
Zehava worked as a graphic designer for about ten years. During this time she
got married and had two children. She moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia and
settled in Halifax with her family, staying home to raise her children while
continuing to develop her talents as a muralist and painter.
Zehava is a self-taught artist and her painting skills developed over the
years. In the places she has lived, she was always involved with the art
community, attending workshops and classes from other artists and exhibiting
with local groups.
In 1999, in a desire to be self-employed, Zehava started painting interior
murals for businesses and homes. She painted a variety of those across Canada.
She also has been involved in teaching art workshops to elementary school
children for the last five years as well as having recently started teaching
art to adults
Influence for her work comes from the French Impressionists, the Group of Seven,
and other contemporary artists. Inspiration comes from people and scenery that
surrounds her. She was exposed to many different cultures, climates, and light
conditions due to her moves and travels through the world. Her fascination with
this range of subjects led her to a versatile and diverse painting style that
is best described as representational and loose. Zehava enjoys bright, bold
colour, contrast, and free painting techniques. She works mainly at her studio,
often using photos for reference.
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Pictured: Zehava Power, Gus' Pub, acrylic on canvas
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