How has your art/practice change over time?
The first quarter century I was heavily involve in nature photography, principally landscapes and close up images. I also drew. The last quarter century has seen a complete focus on art and considerable evolution. Beginning with strictly wood furniture to incorporation of glass then stone in a wide range of art. Currently I find myself settling back into nature photography and pencil drawing while experimenting with sand carving of glass and stone.
What work do you most enjoying doing?
It is always what I am doing at the time. Artistically, I am an “in-the-moment” person.
What is your dream project?
Commissioned for a project that is broadly defined, allowing me to express myself. I have always found artists rise to another level when given the freedom.
What is your favourite or most inspirational place
Sounds corny, but our house and immediate surroundings. Perched on a cliff above the water, we call it the Riverhouse. It was designing and largely built by myself. It is an artistic blend of energy efficiency, ergonomics and accessibility. With inside trees, stone walls, expansive windows and no room rectangular. Views through and outside are a constant treat and inspiration.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
The designing and building of the Riverhouse is the obvious continual inspiration. To me it is a big blank canvas- from 32 foot curved shingle designed wall to cantilevered double towel rack in ash/ebony/carbon fiber. Everything is an opportunity for expression.
What’s your favorite art work?
It is a toss up between a large oil abstract city-scape and a small pencil drawing of a galloping horse, both by my mother in the 1950 and 60’s.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Stay in the moment and believe in yourself.
For more information about Bruce , visit his page on this site.
Check out some of the new work from a few of this years participants
We have painters, jewellers, pottery, furniture maker, sculptures, fibre artists and metal. This year is shaping up to the largest studio tour ever!
Joe & Gudi Pach TerraBijou
“we love to travel around the globe and get always lots of inspirations by other cultures. It shows also in always changing design ideas.”
“Visual artist Bruce Gray will be opening his workshop studio to the public for the first time. Enjoy a striking collection of works and tour of workshop and works in progress”
“I have a fascination with realistic works and this is reflected in the subjects I choose to paint. I am drawn to scenes with a strong light and shadow system. And even more importantly for me is capturing a mood and I achieve this by my choice of hues and tonal values selected from the color wheel.
“For me painting is a celebration of life and how light and color interact. The real joy is in the challenge and complexity and getting it right. I constantly strive to hold myself to the highest standards. “
Mark the dates on your calendar Saturday and Sunday, June 10th & 11th