Louise Mantha loves the arts, and spent many hours meandering through the National Art Gallery as a teenager in Ottawa. She studied art at the University of Ottawa, with private teachers in Paris, France and at the Haliburton Summer School of the Arts. Louise has taken many art courses over the years at St Lawrence College in Brockville where she completed a Certificate in Fine Arts.
Louise’s works are often large, and done primarily in acrylics but she has also dabbled in oil and multi-media. Particularly fascinated with light and colour, Louise recently left behind her figurative paintings to make a foray into abstract expressionism. Through bold hues and striking shapes, she seeks to achieve a depth of field that invites viewers into the painting where they can meander and let their imagination soar.
As a member of the Rideau Lakes Artists Association, Louise participated in group shows in Perth, Westport and Newboro and in June 2006 her paintings were featured on the front page of the Perth Courrier. In 2010, she had a solo show at the 1,000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. Louise’s paintings can be found in private collections in Europe as well as across Canada. Her work is featured at the Grist Mill Co-op Gallery in Westport.