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Tony Wamboldt painted a self-portrait. Wamboldt has been painting for about five years, and his work hangs in Sipuke’l Gallery in Liverpool.
Tony Wamboldt painted a self-portrait. Wamboldt has been painting for about five years, and his work hangs in Sipuke’l Gallery in Liverpool.

Liverpool gallery featuring portraits by artist Tony Wamboldt

Anyone who visits the Sipuke’l Gallery in the downstairs of the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre in Liverpool will see a local artist’s work on the walls.

Tony Wamboldt has been sketching on and off since high school.

“And then I started painting probably five years ago,” he said.

He didn’t set out to paint – rather, he sort of “fell into it.” Wamboldt had been looking for tips and techniques online, and that’s when he came across a technique called dry brush. He told his girlfriend about it and expressed an interest in trying it.

“I didn’t think more about it, and then (my girlfriend) bought me some paints and stuff for Christmas,” Wamboldt said.

Wamboldt’s artwork is oil paintings, and he mostly does portraits of people and animals.

“I picked portraits because I thought it would be the most challenging thing to do,” he said.

When Wamboldt saw the Sipuke’l Gallery open in June 2015, he approached them and asked if he could share some of his paintings. Presently, he has five or six pieces in the gallery.

The time Wamboldt spends on his art varies. One day, he might spend four or five hours with a brush in his hand. Another day, he might paint for two hours.

“It relaxes me,” he said. “I can go down and start painting, and I could lose four or five hours easily.”

He also likes to see the faces in his portraits come alive.

Wamboldt said he gets a lot of positive feedback from the gallery and from those who’ve seen his work there. Every couple of months, he tries to replace some of his work so people have new paintings to look at.

Sipuke’l Gallery, at 219 Main St., showcases First Nations artists from Nova Scotia and other places in Canada.

To learn what's happening at Sipuke'l Gallery, visit https://www.facebook.com/sipukelgallery/.

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