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Reflections in the Water
BY Nicole Babjak
ON February 8, 2017
Hamilton is the city where I was born and now where I work and play in. I have watched the city grow and develop into an intriguing destination filled with unique contradictions. Hamilton is known to be an industrial city yet is surrounded by an enchanting and inspiring landscape. From the majestic tree covered escarpment to serene Lake Ontario, I have been inspired to capture its beauty on canvas.

The two acrylic paintings I am showcasing are my interpretations of this historical, industrial, environmentally diverse and multi-cultural city. These pieces capture the contradiction of the beautiful natural landscape of the Green Belt and the urban, industrialized backdrop. Such diverse sceneries are not usually found in the same city. This is how I view Hamilton. The style of painting is a blend of minimalism and atmospheric – showcasing eerie, dreamy and poetic scenes.

The painting titled “Early morning over Hamilton Harbour” reflects my impression of the bay area of Hamilton seen from my car window as I travel into work. Some may wonder why I chose to paint this unattractive industrial area. However, in the early morning hours, when the sun begins to peak over the horizon, the smoke stacks and towers no longer appear as undesirable landmarks of Hamilton but become mysterious silhouettes peacefully reflecting in the water.
 
The painting titled “Cootes Paradise at sunset” reflects my impression of this undisturbed marsh which I drive by each day as the sun begins to set. Seen from the McQuesten High Level Bridge, the illuminated sky and its reflection into the water are awe-inspiring and always captivate me. A true oasis, Cootes Paradise is one of the beauties of the Hamilton’s bay area that I can marvel at during my daily commute.
 
For me, water has always played an important role in life and in art. It releases a sense of tranquility by its ability of mirroring a calm image of the world around it, from the many species of trees and manmade structures, to the glowing sky above it. The tones and shades of water transform as the intensity of light changes throughout the day, thus creating a unique tapestry that no other natural substance can create. Having lived by the Hamilton Harbour all of my life, this body of water has always given me a feeling of peace, relaxation and feeling of being home.
Author Bio - Nicole Babjak
Nicole Babjak lives in Burlington. After graduating from Psychology at McMaster University, she studied painting at the Dundas Valley School of Art and then at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. An avid traveler, she has visited many countries in the world, continuously being inspired by the places she travels to and captures their essence through sketching, painting and photography.
Nicole Babjak lives in Burlington. After graduating from Psychology at McMaster University, she studied painting at the Dundas Valley School of Art and then at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. An avid traveler, she has visited many countries in the world, continuously being inspired by the places she travels to and captures their essence through sketching, painting and photography.

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