From left: Terrie L. Balmer, who who works under the pseudonym of T.L. Davison and specializes in oils on canvass covering a varied range of topics, Camille Muller with porcelain, and Barb Symons with monoprints.
Photo as Featured in in the September 26, 2001 Issue of Etobicoke Life Newspaper.
Pictured left are The Waterfront Trail Artists as they celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its Tour of Art on Saturday with more than a dozen locations in the Lakeshore area of Ontario showcasing all types of art.
This section of this page is dedicated to Laura B. Ottoway, (1962-2000) whose time and patience in painstakingly photographing my work, helped to make this site possible.
Laura and Terrie

To draw you must close your eyes and sing

~Pablo Picasso

From left: Terrie L. Balmer, who who works under the pseudonym of T.L. Davison and specializes in oils on canvass covering a varied range of topics, Camille Muller with porcelain, and Barb Symons with monoprints.
I have had a love of painting ever since I could remember, and having always received water-colour and paint book sets as a child certainly steered me in the direction of eventually being an artist, in a family of teachers and nurses; at the time the two most popular professions open to women. Naturally, it was expected that I would eventually follow in the direction of my sisters and also adopt one of those two professions. Right! No one banked on an almost paralyzing case of haemophobia on my part which effectively sank the idea of a nursing career. As for teaching, well, it certainly wasn't my calling. Only two choices remained if I wanted to have a "decent, comfortable" life, was to get an office job or get married.

The rest is rather predictable really, neither of those options worked out for me. The intense need to be an artist kept calling me, but I also had to battle with a sense of guilt induced by others around me, that I was engaging in frivolity, and I wasn't going to get anywhere with it. I also had to battle ferociously with my own fear of leaving my comfortable "existence", and taking the risk to be what I wanted. So I played the part that others wanted me to play, which invariably resulted in emotional disaster, the end of my marriage, and other failed relationships, in a fruitless struggle to fit into a role in which I was wholly uncomfortable. I had to learn the hard way that that progressively eats away at one's very soul until all dreams dissipate and you're left with nothing within�you're literally a walking dead existing from day to day�. I didn't want to go there, and I refused to, despite the financial unfeasibility of fully pursuing my dream as an artist at the time that I did.

By way of experience, I managed to pack in about fifteen years worth of serious painting, selling my work, and participating in various Studio Tours. I also displayed my work on a summer long basis for a few years in the downtown Toronto core as a member of Kensington Artist Collective which has since disbanded.. I�m currently a board member and artist with the Waterfront Trail Artists group, and participate in various arts related arts related events on a volunteer basis.

Apart from visual Art, the other great love of my life is writing, which produced two fiction novels with deep spiritual overtones, which will be available for purchase at www.renebooks.com and www.clublighthousepublishing.com my alternate site later this year. They are titled Love's Legacy and Impostor. In the interim you may click on the respective links to read their excerpts. In between my painting I am also working on a third novel, dividing my time between that project and painting.
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