2023 self portrait

I have always been captivated by art. I love how it can evoke a wide range of emotions. Colour and subject matter are especially of interest to me. Exploring the idea of seeing more than meets the eye and eliciting emotion are fundamental goals when I create.

Artist's Statement

Mother Acrylic on panel | 20x20 inches | 2019
Spectacles Oil on panel | 8x6 inches | 2015 *Won Best in Show at the 122nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Women's Art Association of Hamilton exhibition)
Red Selfie
Red Selfie Acrylic on panel | 24x24 inches | 2019
Heavy is the Head
Heavy is the Head Acrylic on panel | 14x12 inches | 2020 *Won Honourable Mention for the Women's Art Association of Hamilton's 125th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Zorica was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She studied art at Sheridan College where she completed the Art Fundamentals Program. After which she graduated from the Interpretive Illustration Program where she focused on children's book illustration.

Since graduating Sheridan in 2002, she has been pursuing a career in the arts. Zorica has illustrated several childrens books, participated in many exhibitions both locally and internationally and taught art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and currently teaches art at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas Ontario. In 2003 she co-founded the Az Collective, which focuses on ideas of space, time and nature.

Inspired by a variety of things such as nature, people, architecture, animals and fairy tales. Her paitnings reflect her love of colour and story telling. Aiming to capture moments in time with a focus on colour, pattern, composition, whimsy and narrative. Since becoming a mother, she has been reflecting on the nature of motherhood and how that directly affects being an artist.

She is a member of the Women's Art Association of Hamilton, formaly serving as Vice President and Exhibitions Chair.

Living in the countryside has offered daily inspiration in the exploration of nature and our relationship with the environment.

Currently she is exploring the use of natural pigments found in the local landscape. Foraging plant materials from her property and around the Hamilton area and Haldimand-Norfolk County she creates Eco-Prints on paper and on cotton fabric.



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