Rhonda Mae Shawaga (R. Mae)
Rhonda was born and raised in Canora, Saskatchewan with her parents and two brothers. She received her Bachelor degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986. She presently resides in White Rock, B.C. In June 2020, she retired from a 34 year, career in Education. She primarily taught in Humboldt, Sask. and Surrey, B.C. Although painting was her passion since childhood, most of her time was spent raising her three children and teaching, full-time . Rhonda’s dream in retirement was to fully immerse herself into painting.
In high school, she was inspired by Emily Carr’s art, writings and many adventures. This influence led to Rhonda’s first series of totems, carvings and statues, including a replica of Emily Carr’s Totem Forest (1930).
Rhonda is a self taught artist with a preference for acrylic on large canvas. Her style primarily encompasses a blend of representational figurative art and impressionism. With an intense study of her subjects, she creates paintings with refined detail, and favours a wide array of vivid energetic colours on her palette. Her goal is to stimulate the viewer’s emotions, imagination and heightened sense of awareness as their eyes absorb the elements in her pieces. She hopes to entice a mood of tranquility, contemplation and reflection through the images in her paintings. Her dream is that her artwork may stimulate a creative surge in the viewer to discover, engage and explore the realm of art.
In March 2022, Rhonda was presented an award for her painting entitled Titan, in an International Juried Visual Arts Competition.
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