MYFANWY PAVELIC was born and raised
on Vancouver Island. She had little formal art training, but at the age
of 15 an exhibition was arranged for her by Canada's foremost West Coast
painter, Emily Carr. Pavelic's love of music and talent as a musician attracted
her to the career of a concert pianist but when a problem with her wrists
barred further development in this field, she turned her creativity to drawing
For several years she spent part of each year in New York. Here she observed the changing climate of the international art world. She experimented with abstract expressionism, but finally reaffirmed her commitment to her own evolving figurative style. She has worked in oil, acrylic, and has successfully experimented with tissue collage. Charcoal, one of her favourite media, has been used for both prepatory sketches and finished drawings.
For most of her career Pavelic has focused on the human figure and is renowned for her portrait paintings. Local and international personalities have come to her Saanich studio for sittings, from Maxwell Bates and her fellow artists of the Victoria "Limners" group to former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
However, the music world has remained a constant interest. Its creative personalities have provided her with much subject matter for her paintings and sketches. These include Mstislav Rostropovich, Paul Badura-Skoda, Glen Gould, Jan Cherniavsky, Zara Nelsova, Ravi Shankar - and her close friend, the actress, Katharine Hepburn. Pavelic's now well-known portrait of Yehudi Menuhin was commissioned by Lord Thompson for Fleet for Britain's National Portrait Gallery in 1984.
Pavelic has been awarded the Order of Canada, is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.