sketches and observations,” says Stevens. “Along with creative work, I did a lot of research, reading letters from soldiers, talking with war historians and archivists and people either directly involved or who had family members in the battle, both Canadians and Italians.” Stevens, whose father was killed in the Second World War, says this connection, as well as the mentorship of war artists and Mount Allison Fine Arts professors, such as the late Alex Colville (’42, LLD ’68) and Lawren Harris Jr., was influential in the Liri Valley project. The Liri Valley Paintings have been shown at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton with future exhibitions planned in the region. Although the Liri Valley project has been at the forefront for Stevens the past number of years, the Nova Scotia-based artist has enjoyed a varied path in both realist and abstract art. Following graduation, she started working for CBC Television as a graphic artist. “I learned to think about what I was going to illustrate for the CBC. There weren’t as many photos available for programs then. I had to be creative in how to illustrate programs to a cross-Canada audience.” Stevens continued painting while working and raising her young family, primarily commercial and portrait painting. In the 1980s she began experimenting with acrylic painting, with great results. “To me, art is a combination of a good idea and technique. I was able to try out and combine several styles realism, sub-abstraction, and total abstraction and show these efforts in both private and public galleries. I focused on changing my style regularly. For me, it was a way to learn and improve my work.” In addition to her artwork, Stevens also taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and St. Francis Xavier University and has conducted artists’ workshops across Canada ( Top right: CEPRANO 61 x 91.5 cm acrylic on board Craig York Image Digital Bottom right: MELFA 61 x 91.5 cm acrylic on board Craig York Image Digital / 21