I have always followed my heart. Rocks were my first passion. As a little girl I loved exploring the outdoors, especially rugged terrain. I would collect rocks and bring them home. So I spent many years in university pursuing my rock and outdoor passion; studying geology and related disciplines. Then for 30 years I worked as a hydrogeologist, spending a lot of time outdoors conducting investigations and indoors writing thousands of reports. In April 2015, I retired to pursue a new passion.

Although most of my grown up life was absorbed in a technical, scientific career, a creative, art side continuously flourished within me. Crazy about colour from an early age, I was always creating something colourful with either food, fibre or flowers. But it was in 2011 on a train trip across Canada that I discovered a passion for drawing and painting landscapes, after drawing Lake Louise from memory and winning a drawing contest on the train somewhere between Prince Rupert and Prince George, British Columbia. Since then, I have not been able to stop painting.

I initially experimented with watercolours, followed by charcoal and then painted with acrylics for a while, taking workshops and drawing lessons from well established artists. One day I was introduced to oil paints and the palette knife. I was hooked. Now I paint mostly with oils and often I will paint an entire painting using only a knife. I love painting with the palette knife for its simplicity use and feel and the textural, somewhat primitive appearance it gives the painting.

I paint almost every day and I paint only what “speaks to me”, mostly landscapes and flowers. I enjoy painting en plein air and I love searching for new places and things to photograph so that I can paint them in the future. Van Gogh, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, and Clarence Gagnon are some of my favourite artists.

I created this website because I wanted to share my paintings with you. I hope you enjoy viewing my paintings as much as I enjoyed painting them. If you have any comments or questions, or if you are interested in purchasing an original painting, a giclée fine art reproduction, or a print, please send me a message through the Contact page of this website.

Thank you for visiting my site. Please re-visit soon as new paintings are posted on a regular basis.

Paula Formanek
Kingston, Ontario, Canada