Senior Artists of PEI
Dale Amundson is a multimedia artist living and working in North Granville, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.F.A. Degree and has a M.F.A. Degree in Painting from the University of Arkansas. Since 1978 he has worked with electronic media installations and currently works with interactive computer based multimedia for CDROM and network installations, involving 3D animation, sound and video as well as website design, logo design and website development . He was a Fine Arts Professor at Moorhead State College (now Moorhead State University) in Minnesota from 1968 to 1974 and at the University of Manitoba from 1975 to 2004. He was Director of the School of Art at the University of Manitoba from 1993 to 2003 and became a Senior Scholar there after his retirement in 2004 until 2007 when he moved to Prince Edward Island.
For Margaret England, a lifetime of creative adventure in fabric and thread began in rural Nottinghamshire in wartime Britain. Here she was surrounded by people who were steeped in traditions of sewing and embroidery. For England, the tactile qualities of fabric and thread had an immediate appeal. It was this appeal that motivated England to combine an interest in painting with embroidery.
Experimentations in paint and stitchery gained momentum when England came to P.E.I. in 1975 and began to show her work in various Island exhibitions.
Now England works with thread and fabric to create paintings without paint or brush. The basis of the work is collage and free machine embroidery. The artwork comes from a love of the natural world and the world of the imagination. Some landscapes are realistic, others have a dreamlike quality. Some pieces are whimsical, and others serious.
As time passes, the same themes return offering themselves for new approaches and ways of expression. The adventure continues.
Mike England was born and grew up in London, England. His lifetime experience has included teaching modern languages, film-making and media courses, coaching soccer, rugby, cricket, archery and chess, and contributing regular articles to the Guardian newspaper.
Mike has dabbled in photography most of his life, amassing a huge collection of family and travel snapshots and slides. It was not until digital SLR cameras began to hit the market in the 90’s that he became a shutterbug. His passion was further fueled by the advent of post-processing software programs.
Mike attributes his personal progress to membership in the DailyAwards international website, where photographers of all levels from beginner to professional submit, critique and vote on each other’s work. That experience led Mike to HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, which involves taking a number of shots of a single subject at different aperture settings, and combining them to create a new image which captures, more accurately, what the human eye actually sees.
Mike’s most recent work has tended towards fine art photography. In this respect, the main influence has been his wife Margaret, a fabric artist. The couple have lived on P.E.I for 36 years and have 3 grown-up sons.