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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