Red is the principal colour of Valentine’s Day, annually observed on February 14.
It’s also the favourite colour of Toronto artist, Sarah Terrill, who will showcase her “Red” collection later this month.
“For me, red signifies power, strength and above all love which will be portrayed in my abstract pieces,” she said. “It a very strong and appealing colour with positive vibrations.”
The show, to be held on Friday, February 27 at Kefi Lounge, 511 Danforth Rd, starts at 8 p.m.
Terrill recently donated a painting to Red Door, which provides services for families and individuals who need safe and supportive emergency shelter. The agency presented the painting to a single mom when she left the facility.
“I hope that it will inspire her as she endeavours to overcome obstacles and become a productive citizen,” said Terrill.
A self-taught abstract artist, Terrill rediscovered art just over a decade ago and used it to escape some of the personal trials and tribulations she faced at the time.
“When I started experimenting again as an artist, I found it soothing, refreshing and therapeutic,” said the mother of two. “I did it for a few years and found that I had really developed a passion for painting. When a girlfriend came to my basement and saw my work, she told me it was worth showing off. That gave me the confidence I needed to bring my art into the public forum because painting was then just a hobby for me.”
Terrill, who migrated from Guyana with her grandparents at age six in 1971 and graduated from Overlea Secondary School, staged her first solo show for family and friends in 2009 and a year later showcased 35 pieces at the Mirage Grill & Lounge.
She sold about 85 per cent of her pieces, which boosted her confidence.
Last year, Terrill joined nearly 60 talented artists, painters and sculptors at the Art Galleria Expo at The Tattoo Rock Parlour.