Biography - Gwendolyn Best
Gwendolyn Best was born in Montreal, but grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her BSc (Arts) from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs (New York) in 1974. Gwendolyn now makes her home in Ottawa, Canada. For sixteen years Gwendolyn furthered her artistic training in drawing, painting and sculpture at the Rudolf Steiner Institute in Northern New England. She has exhibited in Canada and the U.S., and has received numerous commissions to paint murals in private homes, as well as in several Ottawa Waldorf schools.
Her influences include Rudolf Steiner's colour theory and the work of Francis Bacon, Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield. Gwendolyn had avoided using black in her painting for many years, but now likes the abstract sign-like quality of a black figure on a simplified yet nuanced ground. Gwendolyn likes to paint intensively, often for a whole day at a time, and sometimes well into the night, without stopping.
Her studio in Ottawa is a light-filled room featuring one large window, and this is where her mysterious yet loveable creatures see the light of day. Gwendolyn has just recently burst onto the Ottawa art scene, and her iconic cats, rats and ravens have caught the imagination of art lovers in Ottawa and further abroad. In fact, she cannot seem to paint them fast enough to keep up with demand!