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Like many other painters I started painting for the fun of it, as a hobby you might say.


I never in a million years would have thought that my search for a hobby could bring me so much joy or turn into such a passion. I began painting back in the late ‘90’s when I was looking for a “creative” activity to offset the stress of a very “left brain” corporate job. I started with a simple one night class to paint a “welcome stone” and after that I was hooked! I signed up for beginner classes, and like so many others I have met, started stockpiling books and brushes and paint, and of course the infamous “wood supply”. I continued on with painting and taking classes wherever I could find them.

After leaving the corporate world in 2003 I took to spending hours and hours painting in my little bedroom studio and taking lessons wherever I could find them. During this time I met so many wonderful and exciting people who shared the love of painting. That love of painting and the wonderful people I got to spend time with, led me to joining the Calgary Decorative Artists, an affiliated Chapter of the National Society of Decorative Painters. Since joining the Calgary Decorative Artists I’ve had the wonderful experience of serving on the Executive in 2006 as Membership Chairperson and 2007 as Seminar Chairperson, as well as participating in the various committees that plan exciting activities for our membership to enjoy. Shortly thereafter I decided to try my hand at teaching others the love of painting and began teaching at Appleseed Cottage. This experience showed me just how much I loved being able to bring the joy of painting to others, therefore, when Appleseed closed I had to make a decision; either continue on with painting and teaching somewhere or go back into the corporate world.

With the encouragement and amazing support of my wonderful husband, Phil, I made the leap and opened Artfully Toled Studio in my home in June, 2005. Phil has always been there to admire my work, encourage me to continue onward and upward with my learning and to welcome students into our home nearly every night of the week and many weekends. So here we are today…..still painting, still sharing the love of the art form and still meeting wonderful new people who share the same love.

If you’ve ever thought of trying your hand at painting for the first time or if you’re looking for something new to expand your paining experience, come see me and I’ll show just how easy it is to learn how!!!


Sharlene, Arseneau, Master Certified Willow Wolfe Instructor


Artfully Toled Studio

Sharlene Arseneau - Owner/Teacher

35 Sunmount Crescent SE


1 (403) 873-8877


Contact: sharlene@telusplanet.net

Website: http://www.artfullytoled.com




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