Grand tour: Kamloops grandmother, a seasoned traveller, continues to paint

As much as she loves to travel, Helga Lloyd loves to paint, two pastimes that colour the walls at Kamloops Arts Council's main gallery this month.

It's obvious the Kamloops grandmother likes to spend time in far away places; she used a similar title for her first show two years ago at Wilson House Gallery.

In this installment of acrylic and oil paintings, she's captured beautiful settings in destinations as far flung as Mexico, Italy, France, Sweden, the Grand Tetons in Wyoming and Saint Petersburg, the old Tsarist capital of Russia. As well, she includes B.C. seascapes.

She's a seasoned traveller who photographs physical and cultural landscapes to interpret on canvas when she gets home.

"I save all my money for the whole year and I go once a year in the spring," she explained.

Lloyd, born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, began attending art classes only after moving to B.C.

"My husband passed away and I needed something to do to occupy my mind."

She excelled at stained glass, but gave it up when she found the soldering fumes to be unhealthy. On the Coast, she studied painting with Linda Jones and Joseph Wong, who advised her, "Don't measure, just paint." In other words, precise renderings take a back seat to esthetic appeal.

She took that advice to heart, concentrating on colour and foreground interest, lending a free eye to composition. Flowers and the architectural features of old Europe are common themes. Her work has been featured in past years in the Federation of Canadian Artists' juried shows.

Lloyd recently visited Egypt but has yet to adapt her photographic images to canvas.

"I would say the most interesting (destination) was Egypt. I just can't get over how this was done 5,000 years ago when they built the pyramids."

What's next on the itinerary?

"I've still got a few more places to go."



ART SHOW & SALE

WHAT: Helga Lloyd presents Far and Away

WHEN: Continues until Saturday, Nov. 19

WHERE: KAC gallery, Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 W. Seymour St.

HOURS: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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