My art practice embraces abstract expressionism. The last several years, my work has been an expression of the uniqueness of one within the solidarity of many, an ongoing commentary on the simultaneous continuance of connection and separation in daily life have been keystones in my work. Themes of my work are adversity and redemption, disintegration and recovery, despair and joy. It celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. I believe in the power of art to foster wellness and healing.
Lee-Ann Taras grew up in Prince Edward County and has made Kingston, Ontario home for over twenty years. She obtained a degree in psychology from York University before later studying drawing, painting and sculpture locally. Taras has followed various career paths in social work and the arts. She has been studying, making and exhibiting art in solo, juried and group shows since 1994. Taras is a member of the Kingston Arts Council and the Organization of Kingston Women Artists, of which she was the recipient of an award for outstanding work in 2009. She has served as the Art Program Coordinator for the Canadian Mental Health Association since 2007 and teaches art workshops independently to individuals and community organizations. Taras is an abstract expressionist intuitive painter in mixed media. She is particularly interested in the power of art making as a means for self-expression and transformation.