About Courtney Senior
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I am a self-taught abstract artist from Toronto, ON. Unless you consider watching Bob Ross when you’re 8 years old - art school, in which case, I have a masters degree, but I digress. Ever since I was little I would immerse myself in creative activities - from colouring and drawing to painting and writing. Despite my passion for the arts, as I got older it took a backseat to other activities like basketball and soccer and that brief stint of believing I could be a professional figure skater.
While I was in university, I experienced several years of severe anxiety, which led me 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 also went through a significant break up. 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.
I created so many pieces of artwork that my condo quickly became a studio. As an attempt to clear space, I decided to sell my work online. The first day I posted my work on Etsy, someone purchased a painting. I was overwhelmed with excitement. It was a major confidence boost 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 am incredibly thankful for all of the support of my family, friends and online communities – I truly couldn’t have done it without you.