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     The experience of art can transcend the senses. As visual artist my challenge is to translate what's observed into a visual language that attracts the eye, satisfies the mind and engages the soul.

     Much of my work indulges the simple rugged beauty found in subjects animated by the elements and saturated with the spirit of life that signals Creation's constant state of change with colour, shape and texture. Working en plein air provides direct answers to my questions about the subject. Specimens, photographs and notes prepare me for more intensive studio work later on.

     My palette revolves periodically between oil paint, watercolour, pastels

or pen & ink providing me the freedom to explore my subjects with a medium

best suited to capture the nuances I'm after. Every stroke is an intimate encounter with surface and detail, and every finished painting and drawing

a meditation expressing my gratitude and awe for the experience of life.

     Depleting resources, disappearing species and diminishing viability of land, air and water to sustain us requires we look beyond nature's mundane form and utility. Some believe there is a design behind life, implying a deeper, more fundamental condition exists. A condition that could possibly hold remedies to our present dilemma. Perhaps now is a good time to pause and reflect on  nature's vibrant colours, shimmering light and intriguing life forms captured by an artistic tableaux where Creation asks, "Can you see me now?"

Click on image for larger version. To purchase artwork available on this site contact the artist at 

or visit  SideStreet Gallery, 264 Main St., Wellington, Ontario

Gallery contact: Paulette Greer - 613-399-5550 -

COPYRIGHT 2016 - 2026 Marcel S. Blanchette. All Rights Reserved

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