Winnipeg artist still painting at 90

A Winnipeg painter still shares her passion with others after decades in the field.

90-year-old artist Joyce Anderson just held an art exhibit and auction at her retirement home on Sunday.

Her love for art started at a young age.

“Dad saw I could do anything, so he bought me an easel, some paints and a canvas, and I started painting. I was about 12 or 13 at the time,” recalls Anderson.

While she was painting, her works hung in many Winnipeg art galleries and even exhibited in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.

Decades later, she still uses the medium to express her feelings.

“I can express a lot of things because sometimes I can’t express myself in words, and I can do that in a painting,” Anderson said.

Anderson’s paintings depict a variety of images – from landscapes to animals.

Regardless of the topic, each presents its unique twist.

“I’m sometimes very shy and I always think I’m going to make a mistake. So when I paint I can do whatever I want, you know,” she said.

Anderson became a high school art teacher in the 70s and still teaches classes to this day, with many of her students not picking up paintbrushes for the first time well into their golden years.

“I like to encourage people to try,” Anderson said. “You don’t know until you try. It keeps your brain working and happy.”

With no signs of stopping, Anderson hopes to continue sharing her gifts and inspiring others for years to come.

“As long as I can do it,” Anderson said. “If I get to be 100 and can still paint by then, I’ll be fine.”

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