Georgia March is a self-taught artist. She was born in Toronto, Ontario. When she was in her early 20’s someone gave her a box of Chinese water colours. She was immediately hooked. The combination of vibrant colour and water became an expression of her inner soul opening doors to a new vision. Without formal training every stroke was an experiment.
Movement has been a motivator in Georgia’s life and art. She spent time in British Columbia where she fell in love with wild animals, the Haida Indigenous people and the rugged landscape. The influence of this time period is expressed in her depictions of wildlife. Her relocation to Calgary and Manitoba appears on paper or canvas in big skies. She feels that if a sky isn’t right you might as well ditch the painting and do something different as the work will lack elements of complete harmony.
Later she was influenced by the maritimes while living in Prince Edward Island where she sold paintings in the Charlottetown co-operative gallery. Georgia became interested in Betty Edwards book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"; this changed her perspective on art and life. She noticed that the act of looking at something upside down or reducing subject matter to lines and spaces makes art accessible to anyone. The concept shakes up belief systems about who can draw and what is possible.
For sixteen years Georgia's sense of adventure took her to North, Africa, Spain, Turkey and Brazil. Spain had a great impact on her paintings of horses and dancers. She had an exhibition in Estepona and continued to sell her art privately throughout her time living abroad.. Besides sky, water has held phenomenal presence in Georgia’s work. She attributes this to living near the Mediterranean in Spain and Turkey, along the west coast of Africa and later on the northwest coast of Brazil. The constant movement of water shows up in her stroke patterns.
Georgia partnered with Rev Lori Hisson in creating, the Unity Gallery which was a catalyst or influencing people to pick up a paintbrush. She also designed a wall mural for Unity of London which is currently hanging on the east side of the building at 501 Nelson St.
“It’s all in the way you see it,” Georgia says, “Creativity is the key to unlocking your dreams.”
The Mural for Unity of London