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Meet The Artist

Have you ever been moved so intensely by the breathtaking beauty of nature?

It is this precise feeling that inspires me to paint. My work reflects the beauty I see around me in the natural world. As humans we are innately drawn to beauty, and yet we so often miss it. Like all things in life, nature’s beauty is constantly changing. Influenced by the astounding beauty of the natural world, I’m inspired to capture these fleeting moments for you; to preserve them in paint. Whether it be the deep, rich red of a Georgian Bay sunset or the mysticism of the morning mist in Muskoka, my work captures the essence of the pure, powerful, raw beauty of nature. I typically paint on wood or MDF board with oil paints.

The smoothness of the background texture enables me to capture the essence of the scene, as though it were a photograph. The oils, rich in both colour and texture, provide a depth and quality to my work. Depending on the scene and moment I’m capturing, I sometimes mix other natural materials with the paints – such as pumice for sand – to add additional depth and realism to the piece. I get great joy from peoples’ reactions when they realize it’s a painting and not a photograph!

I have always been different. From the unusual spelling of my name to the rare genetic condition called Arthrogryposis that affects the joints in my hands, I am unique. What others see as obstacles, I see as opportunities. I didn’t set out to be an artist. In fact, because of the Arthrogryposis in my hands, most people said I couldn’t. That only fueled and inspired me to show them that I could. This, and my powerful passion to capture beauty, are the characteristics that have brought me to where I am today. I am a self-taught painter. I attended the school of life-long learning; the school of patience, persistence and perseverance. It hasn’t come without challenges, but my drive to translate inner vision to outer reality compels me to work through my physical challenges. While I have taught myself to paint, the practice of painting has taught me that there’s nothing I can’t do. And it’s shown me there’s peace all around me and within me. Growing up on a farm in rural Ontario, I was surrounded by the beauty of nature. Influenced by the astounding beauty of the natural world, I’m inspired to capture these fleeting moments for you; to preserve them in paint. Whether it be the deep, rich red of a Georgian Bay sunset or the mysticism of the morning mist in Muskoka, my work captures the essence of the pure, powerful, raw beauty of nature.

I am Myrhanda, and I am an artist.

Don't let anyone tell you, you can't!

What others see as obstacles, I see as opportunities. I didn’t set out to be an artist. In fact, because of the Arthrogryposis in my hands, most people said I couldn’t. That only fuelled and inspired me to show them that I could.