Born in Toronto, Ontario in 1954, Arnston pursued an education in the humanities and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. After travel and a year in Art Education at the University of British Columbia, she pursued a career in Architecture and graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia in 1982. Architecture, and in particular conceptual design and design development, absorbed her energies for ten years, and she worked as a registered Architect in prominent Vancouver and Toronto firms.
THERE IS AN ENERGY, A HIGH WHEN CREATING
When you are influenced by everything around you, whether it is the people in the world, their culture or nature itself–it is emotional and personal. It is these emotions that one tries to
express–an inside view of your thoughts , your feelings and your ideas.
I sketched, as a child, with my Mother, who was also a painter. When we returned to the Basque Country, Northern Spain, my Father’s birthplace, for the summer vacations, I used to work
alongside of her on location.
I attended the Liverpool School of art in England, specializing in Gold and Silversmithing. I took life-study but I didn’t take Painting and it wasn’t until I immigrated to Canada that I changed
direction and started making a living solely from my art in 1970.
My family and I have always travelled extensively and throughout my life I have been influenced by other cultures. My interest, no doubt, comes from my Basque Heritage, the oldest white race of Europe. This influence has also directed me to the varied subject matter I seek out when living in other countries.
In the early 70’s I started painting the North American Native, I found strength and a passion of a race struggling for their identity similar to the Basque People of northern Spain. These
influences dominated my work for many years; even today I still feel a need to create with a passion and strength that captivates your mind and soul. I like to stir one’s emotions, I like my patrons to feel this energy that runs through me.
I search for interesting subject matter that has vibrance and movement; then incorporating this emotion into my subject involving the viewer and transporting him to another world. The challenges of different subject matter is always inspiring and fascinating; I enjoy working straight eight to ten hours, intense, with high energy; this becomes a real physical workout on my
I generally work on four feet x four feet paintings and larger. Murals give you a vast expanse, the largest canvas you can ever hope to get, expanding your perimeters and challenging yourself
to the highest limits.