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A painting for me should be first and foremost about 'paint'. I love the play of brush stroke and colour when it initially hits the surface. My interpretation relies on those first clean strokes of line, suggested form and intuitive choice of colour. There is a heady feeling from the original enthusiasm,which is spontaneous and yet decisive. These strokes matter. I enjoy the intimacy and the freedom to use my own colour interpretation without the constraints that the exterior landscape subconsciously demands.


Recent Solo Exhibitions:
New Paintings Oct 2012

Gold medalist in the 1986 provincial Arts and Letters competition. 1980-84 Memorial University of Newfoundland continuing studies program. Ilse has had many solo and group shows, notably at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador and touring shows in the USA, Canada and France.

- Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
- University of Moncton; McCain Gallery
- McCain University
- Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Irving Oil
- Telesat Canada