Shirley Rayner: Airborne Art Project

  • Image of Shirley Rayner's airborne art project

    Back in 2014, our storage areas were bursting at the seams with surplus airplane parts. We asked the art community to bring new life to some unique pieces of “canvas.” A piece of scrap metal, loop antennas, pieces of exhaust—the vintage aircraft parts became one-of-a-kind art.

    The finished pieces were donated back to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada for charitable fundraising.

    Our first Airborne Art Project was so successful we invited artists to collaborate with us again. We’re very excited that the pieces are now starting to be unveiled and returned to us here at the museum.

    Airborne Art Project is Back for 2016!

    The art will be auctioned at our Out of The Blue Gala on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Mark the date!

    Here, Shirley describes her work …

    “I make art because it is one of the few activities that has always felt natural and right to do. I have always done some kind of art making from the time I was five years old. This interest in always observing with an artist’s eye sometimes made me feel like I was a bit of an “odd duck”.

    I am most inspired by the landscape; places I have seen on travels, but primarily the landscape that is around me. Even scenes that most people consider ordinary can be extraordinary, depending on the time of day and the season.

    What my art represents is what I think is beautiful, unique or interesting about my subject. I want to show my viewer why it was worth spending time at this particular location.

    What is somewhat unique about my work, given our cold winters and mostly hot summer temperatures is that I go out into the landscape and either paint small studies directly or at least do a sketch on location. It is very important to me that I make direct observations to accurately represent the subject of my paintings. My most recent work has been in soft pastel which is a less common medium. Soft pastel provides me with the vibrancy, the directness and the mark making I am looking for in my paintings.

    For me, making art is an escape from the often dreary routine of life. It’s not something that you have to do, but it is an activity that is immensely satisfying, is creative and is something that hopefully I can do until the end of my life.”

    This is Shirley’s second year contributing to the Airborne Art Project.

    Image of Shirley Rayner's airborne art project


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