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Enda Bardell


Bio

I have been a risk taker most of my life. It could stem from my parents, who in their mid-thirties fled Estonia to Sweden as refugees, in order to avoid being sent to the GULAG by the Communists.  Defending his country was my father’s crime.
My restlessness and curiosity has taken me through many aspects of life and stimulating careers such as costume designer; banker; fabric artist; founder and former owner of Enda B. Fashion Limited; and a Realtor with Royal LePage. 

In Art, I have explored Representational work in Oils, followed by Acrylic Abstract, Impressionist Watercolours and now back to painting Representational Landscapes and some Abstract in Acrylics.

Over the years I have been influenced by numerous artists beginning with my fascination of Vincent Van Gogh, when I was in my teens, followed by Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Toni Onley, (who became a good friend), JMW Turner, John Singer Sargent and Georgia O'Keeffe, not for her florals but for the way she saw and painted landscapes.

I’m an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), established in 1941, dedicated to the promotion and professional development of artists and services for art collectors.  The FCA has also enabled me to take numerous workshops from some very talented Senior members in Vancouver, British Columbia.

During the course of my art career, I have exhibited extensively and won many awards.

 

Artist’s Statement:

“Continuing to develop as an artist in today’s world, I have come to realize that the process of searching for a new way of revealing the familiar is an ongoing pursuit.
When captivated by the nature of the world around me, the desire to express its drama in a meaningful way stirs up the struggle to fuse what I feel with what I must interpret. In this process, I surrender to simpliflying what is in front of me in order to capture the essence.”