This year's theme for the Kelowna Art Gallery's Members Show is "Past to Present" and is explained as:
"What, or who has influenced your art? What was the catalyst for you becoming an artist? Is there an historical work of art that fascinates, or inspires you?"
When I look through my Art History books or browse art images on the web, the paintings that recall being the first to make me want to paint were those of Tom Thomson (his painting, Jack Pine, above).
I particularly feel moved by his studio pieces, with their strong Art Nouveau influence. When I look at my more recent work, I can definitely see an echo of his work.
I am not sure, yet, if I will paint a piece for the Kelowna Art Gallery's show but the search into the past has already been a very rewarding one.
The Okanagan provides inspiration wherever you look. I enjoy both painting on location and working in my studio. For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org