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Sweet Ginger by Paddy

Sweet Ginger by Paddy Meade

AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /17 Paddy only became a full-time artist about five years ago. She is fascinated by many types of art and describes her style as eclectic. Like her career path, she is drawn to many subjects and media ranging from acrylics to oil and unusual applications like cold wax. (Note the following is paraphrased for length and flow) The Safe Route Requires A Risk-taker When I was in high school. I did want to be an artist and was set to go that route, but I also didn't have a lot of money and didn't come from a lot of money. I ended up buying into the “you can't be an artist because you will be poor”. So, I went to university and pursued a totally different “safe” career. In the end, Paddy’s safe career required her to be a risk-taker. She moved a lot, living in unusual places, taking on a variety of challenging jobs in several provinces, and in senior and executive management for governments. In the last few years, I worked with governments in Health and Social Services. There are very unique needs in the north, getting doctors, nurses, and social workers, and interfacing with the Indigenous and First Nation communities. There are no roads in the Northwest Territories, outside of Yellowknife, you fly everywhere. I would fly into Inuvik and then on to the Arctic Islands. You would take your kit bag and get on these little airplanes. Sometimes you would question if they could really land in that spot of snow or ice or lake, but they did. I think it's unfortunate that most Canadians, don't get to see North of 60 because it's wonderful. And the three territories are very, very different. The communities are different. I had grizzlies in my backyard, in fact, I painted my favorite one. The northern lights were amazing and dealing with the darkness and the sunrise was unusual. You could be reading a book at three o'clock in the morning when it's summer. And then the harshness of the winter and the 24- hour darkness. The people would give me gifts like moccasins, and I have a collection that I still wear. I always had to put the moccasins in the freezer for a while because when I put them on my feet, my golden retrievers would go crazy and start nipping at my feet. I put my heart aside for many years except for drawing some things for my kids. When I was up north though, there was not a lot to do. There wasn’t any internet and that is when I took up drawing again. Then I was able to join the guild and got into pottery and then glassmaking. Eventually, I decided to take a new risk and do some painting, first on my own, and then I met a couple of local artists. When I retired, I decided this was what I wanted. I have many things to share, many emotions and memories, especially Canada's wonderful nature, people, and animals.

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