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Carley Danielle McCutcheon   HBSc.  BEd.  RKin

Hi there! I am a self-taught artist, living and painting in Waubaushene, Ontario. Drifter's Escape began when I started collecting pieces of driftwood from the shores of Georgian Bay near my home and found that the natural lines and textures in the wood inspired me to paint them into bright sunsets and images of water and waves. Over the last number of years I have continued to paint and make art, sometimes incorporating or painting directly on driftwood but often on canvas as well. I enjoy working on large canvases and often paint on the floor rather than on an easel so that I can enjoy a certain freedom of movement while I paint. I have also completed three large-scale sculptures in conjunction with Orillia Ontario's street art competition, Streets Alive Productions, placing second in 2017, and third in 2021.

I grew up on my parents' maple syrup farm in Oro-Medonte and we were lucky to have a family cottage on Georgian Bay. I am extremely grateful for the upbringing that I had, and I continue to be actively involved in working with my family making and selling maple syrup. The time I spent on Georgian Bay as a child instilled a deep love for the smooth rocky landscapes, windswept pines, and expansive feeling that I have been trying to recreate in my paintings in recent years. I feel very connected to nature and weather patterns, and am equally enamoured with a sunny day or a wild westerly storm. I love to kiteboard and snowboard and most forms of exercise, and I also work part time as a Registered Kinesiologist in Orillia, Ontario.

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