Practicing predominantly in the mediums of watercolour, acrylic, ink, and graphite, Shaela Kinting seeks to share her view of the world she inhabits. Born in London, Ontario, she began drawing as soon as she was able to hold a pencil. Growing up, Shaela always felt a strong connection to the natural world. She enjoys exploring the realms of fantasy and adventure, and has always been mystified and ignited by music. These passions led her to Canada's East Coast where she presently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Shaela works in the animation industry designing Backgrounds for cartoons and is involved in the local music and artist community. The shared interest in political and environmental activism within these communities has given new focus in her work.
Visual Art has been a great source of joy and internal exploration in my life. The quiet space I inhabit while creating lines and colours from imagination or reflecting my surroundings has often brought a much needed calm to me in even the most hectic of times. When I was younger, my visual art offered a sense of escape. With each face drawn or place imagined, I was removed from a world I had found mundane or frightening to be swept off anywhere my mind could fathom. In recent years, my work has transformed into a platform to share the world as I see it. Dancing on the sidewalk or sharing a quiet moment with a friend can become a piece of time captured on a page. I love sharing these moments with the people who inspire them. Nature vs Urbanization has also been a recurring theme in my work. In our present times, I feel a celebration of respect and love for the natural world more important than ever. It is my hope that through collaboration with other artists and gifted people from all walks of life, we may bring about changes so desperately needed to make our world a better place for future generations.