About Courtney Senior
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I am a self-taught abstract artist located in Toronto, Canada. Ever since I was a little kid, I would immerse myself in creative activities - from colouring and drawing to painting and writing. Despite my passion for anything creative and colourful, as I got older it took a backseat to other things. However, after experiencing a long bout of anxiety in my early twenties, I made my way back to art. It seemed to be the only thing that would ease my angst and bring my mind back to serenity. As my anxiety subsided and as I pursued my career in marketing, painting was pushed to the sidelines again; that is until my late twenties when I lost my father in a sudden accident and my life was turned upside down. From that moment on, I spent every free minute I had painting. I used it as an opportunity to put all of the emotions I couldn't express verbally into a form that helped my grieve and ultimately helped me heal. Flow state is truly a magical place.
I created so many pieces of artwork that my condo quickly became a studio. At first, selling my work did not seem like an option. I didn't know where to start, it seemed like a scary road of trying to figure out where to sell, how to market myself, pricing, shipping, packaging etc. So, I thought why not just give it away. But I knew I could come up with something better, something that made more of an impact. So, I initiated a social project called #ArtandFound. I neatly packaged up my work with a note taped to the outside that read "Hello, I'm an original abstract painting in need of a loving home. FREE ART #ArtandFound." I would also leave a note on the inside saying who I was, what the painting was about and contact information for anyone who wanted to follow up with me. I would leave them around different neighbourhoods in the city and hope that someone would pick them up. The response was so incredible that eventually it gave me the confidence to open an ETSY shop. The first day I posted my work, someone purchased a painting. I was overwhelmed with excitement and I haven't look back since. That was 5 years ago and I still spend every spare minute I have painting and building my business.
I love creating and I love sharing it with people. I want everyone to have access to affordable artwork that makes them feel positive, peaceful and ready to conquer the world. Thank you to all of the wonderful people who have supported my work through the years and have continuously shared their positive vibes. I wouldn’t be the artist I am today without you.