Hi, I am Rita Thorp.

Painting is my passion! I have been making art my whole life; painting, photography, sewing, cake decorating. I paint intuitively and expressively. Many of my paintings are inspired through stories, poetry, music, places traveled and people whom I meet. We travel often when it is not Covid restricted so I have lots of inspiration to draw from.

Often I begin with a broad concept in mind, then choose my paint colours that reflect how I am feeling. I allow the painting to develop and come alive as I work. My mediums include acrylic paints, ink, pastels, and collage on canvas, paper and birch panels. My love of bright vibrant colours and varied design is evident. These elements are a true reflection of how I live life, happy and free flowing.

I live and work in Calgary, Alberta. My formal education is in Art History and Religious Studies, including design, photography and abstract painting earned from University of Calgary. For the past ten years my painting techniques have developed through lots of play and experimentation. As a professional I continue to expand and learn by participating in art workshops to stretch my creative abilities. I work alone at home however, the energy painting in a room together with other creatives is always fun and energizing. I paint to express myself and be happy therefore spreading happiness and enjoyment of my work.

Artist Workshops I have participated in:

Louise Fletcher’s Find Your Joy/online/2021

Nicholas Wilton’s Creative Visionary Program/online/2021

Susan Woolgar/Calgary/2018

Blu Smith/Calgary/2016

Joan Fullerton/Calgary/2016

Steve Aimone/Victoria/2014

Bob Burridge/Victoria/2013

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

Gretchen Rubin

I love making art and I love being surrounded by it. My aim is to inspire viewers with my art and infuse their space with the colour and energy it embodies.

Pink isn’t just a colour, it’s an attitude.

Miley Cyrus

Colour is my day long obsession, joy and torment.

Claude Monet

A picture is a poem without words.


Rita Thorp Contemporary Art