Phileen Dickinson has worked as a graphic and interactive media designer and Illustrator for over 30 years.
She studied briefly at the Ontario College of Art and also participated in life drawing workshops with Los Angeles School of Art and Design.
Through her work history, from doll house designer, decorator and sign-writer for IKEA to her current role as a Knowledge to Practice Project coordinator working with eLearning teams at RMC, Queen’s and Providence Care Hospital, she has accumulated skills that serve her fine art exploration, drawing and watercolour techniques as well as enriching her approach to teaching art.
Phileen embraces a passion for figurative drawing and representational interpretation of all subject matter with a particular fascination for the play of light, reflection, refraction and transparency that gives life and nuance to moments in time.
Her approach to creating works involves a structured process, particularly with respect to watercolours and etching where the initial composition defines the final product and therefore must be given due consideration…as once pigment meets paper and etching tools work their way into the plate, the statement is made and can only be embellished not retracted. There is as much creativity in this initial process as the fun that follows when colour, texture, depth and tone come together in a safe space to play.