Myra Mackie Coons
Myra Mackie Coons
Born in 1954, Myra Mackie Coons grew up in the little Northwestern town of Nakina Ontario. In 1973, Myra relocated to Guelph Ontario where she received an Honours of Bachelor of Arts/Minor Fine Art from the University of Guelph in 1977. She moved back to the Northwestern Ontario along with her husband and children in the summer of 1989 and has lived in Thunder Bay since then. When her children were a little
older, Myra resumed her formal education and received a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University in 1992. A serious illness cut5 Myra's teaching career short which gave her the incentive to spend more time practising her art.
From a very early age, Myra would be found drawing as well as creating landscapes with coloured pencils, crayons, markers….whatever she could lay her hands on. Her very first oil painting using the little pots of paint from a "Paint by Number" set was created when she was nine years old. Through-out the years, Myra has utilized many mediums including watercolors, pen and ink, oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal. Myra has also delved into sculpture, ceramic as well as the art of porcelain painting.
Myra'[s medium of choice for the past 30+ years, the one she has always returned to is stained glass.While growing up in Nakina, the family home backed onto St. George's Anglican Church. A beautiful stained glass window which fascinated her could be seen from the upstairs hallway window of the house. While attending the University of Guelph, Myra had the opportunity to take two fine art courses offered through the University of Calgary so I spent 2 1/2 months travelling throughout Italy in 1975.It was the glorious glass art of the churches and the visits to the Murano glass works outside of Venice that cemented her love of glass. Myra took initial stained glass course from Conestoga College in Guelph in the early 1980's and as they say, the rest is history.
Myra takes her inspiration from the beauty of the landscapes in Northwestern Ontario. Since taking a fused glass courses, Myra gets great satisfaction and joy by experimenting during the creation of fused glass landscapes. She continues on with traditional stained glass creations and as well, adds fused glass elements and
natural elements such as rock to her traditional stain glass style landscapes. Myra refers to her art as "painting with glass"