Recently, my focus has been on creating paintings that document the space, clutter, and daily routines in my home, as they appear and occur every day. My work is intended to honour the struggle I find between my responsibilities towards my family and home, and my need to paint.
I am committed to creating pieces that have personal meaning to me, that show an authentic representation of my surroundings today and convey “joy of life” in the ordinary. Trying to honestly record self and my environment has shifted my perspective on what I’d previously categorize as menial, routine, cluttered, and even chaotic. I am enjoying this recent discovery that I only need to reach a few feet in any direction to find inspiration for my work. Instead of feeling frustration in having an art studio in my home, I am embracing the blurred lines between my work and my home life.
Esther (Allen) Slevinsky is a painter currently exploring everything from landscape, still life, figurative painting, and portraiture. She grew up in Kincardine, Ontario. From an early age, Esther developed an obsessive passion for paint and always knew she wanted to pursue art as a career.
Esther received her BDes with a major in Illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2006. For almost two decades, she ran her own business completing large scale commercial and residential mural projects, but has decided to trade drywall for canvas as her surface of choice.
Esther lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario with her sidekick Mark, her two young boys who are willing to pose for paintings as long as they are compensated, and her cat/lapwarmer Maeby.