Ulla Lenzen Butt Biography
Award winning watercolour artist, Ulla Lenzen-Butt, has lived and worked in Burlington after graduating from St. Catharines Teachers' College to study Fine Arts at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. During her 32-year teaching career, mainly with the Halton Catholic District School Board, artistic pursuits were initially satisfied in courses and workshops at McMaster University, Dundas Valley School of Art, Mohawk College, and the Burlington Art Centre. Later, she worked as a contract Art Instructor for the Brock University Pre-Service Teacher Program. Her home studio, Artful Expressions, was launched during the late 1990s and features watercolor and mixed medium paintings, decorative painting and photography. At present, Ulla is retired from teaching and devotes herself fully to her art work, painting commissions, and showing her award winning paintings in juried exhibitions, local venues and galleries throughout Southern Ontario.
About her artisitic journey, Ulla states: As far back as I can remember, art has been an integral part of every aspect of my life. However, finding the time and energy to express my art has been an ongoing challenge until a few years ago, when I retired. I became free to focus on what makes me happiest—my art!! Watercolours are my medium of choice (at the moment), and 30 years of photographing people and the natural world are my primary source fro inspiration. My camera, always ready, has been my best buddy; my vast photo collection is the starting point for my paintings.
All of the elements for creating a painting are present if a photo repeatedly excites my imagination and has captured a unique moment from an interesting perspective, in dramatic light or vibrant colour. I develop my artisitc interpretation as I work on the subject using a variety of techniques including the use of washes, painting wet-in-wet, and, in particular, applying multiple glazes of transparent paint. The ultimate goal for each painting is to communicate my fascination with the subject and to invite the viewer to make a connection with my interpretation of a moment in time, and to enjoy the experience.