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Rita Thorp

Calgary, Alberta based abstract artist Rita Thorp has been painting professionally for 12 years. The most important thing for Rita is to enjoy the process and be free and spontaneous with her application of paint and other mediums.


She begins with an overall idea of a theme, inspired by nature or a dream or something she has experienced. From there Rita chooses a palette that speaks to her from the way she feels. With several types of media and tools, a painting will have many layers. Each layer is a response to the previous layer.


Canvases are displayed around her studio and house so she can see them from different perspectives and when they call to be played with, they are put back on the easel. Rarely, if ever, does Rita finish a painting in less than 3 - 4 weeks. A painting is done when it’s done. Some works have taken months or are yet to be called finished.

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