I was born and raised in Moncton, worked in Saint John, Moncton and finally moved to Fredericton in 2007 to work as a senior executive with the provincial government. I recall my early years drawing with my father who was also good with a pencil and remember my teachers and art classes in high school very fondly and although I would have loved to study art after graduation I went to University and became a Social Worker, a wife, a mother and busy so painting wasn't a priority. I always had the best looking flip charts in the office and despite taking classes over the years I wasn't able to practice consistently.
I took my first oil painting class when I retired in 2013 and fell in love with the medium. I enjoy the fluidity and the sharpness of the color. I now paint as much as I can some weeks almost every day.
I never planned to produce art about one subject or another. I am constantly looking for beautiful things that I think would make a great painting. I have a tendency to paint people and still life although I have done a few animals and landscapes. Some of my subject matter is about dancers and girl things like shoes; being the mother of two wonderful women who did ballet obviously influenced me
I work mostly in oils although I have done acrylics, pastels, black ink and watercolor. I think capturing the light and the essence of the person is everything! I do not want to simply reproduce an image, I want to give it much more. I love how a simple drawing transforms in a matter of minutes as you add paint or glaze.
Artists are the stories we tell, I sure hope you enjoy mine.
Geraldine Poirier Baiani
15 Golf Club Road
Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5M3