How did you first get into painting?
I have been making art ever since I can remember. My mother always encouraged me to draw and paint. It has always been a part of who I am.
Describe your creative process. Does experimentation come into play?
This method is a very non-traditional method of painting, it uses wax in a similar fashion to batik but I use rice paper and watercolour instead of fabric and dye. This process is very exciting to me with the many alternating layers of colour and wax. Normally you would watch your painting come to life as you paint it, but with this method of painting I have to trust my creative instincts until the end when I remove all of the wax and see the final result. I am constantly experimenting and trying new mediums and techniques; as an artist I believe you never stop learning.
What draws you to paint natural forms and landscapes?
Growing up in the country gave me a lasting connection with nature. The vast array of colourful flowers, beautiful landscapes and peaceful trails through the woods kept me captivated. These qualities of nature are what fuel my creative spirit and are reflected in my art.
Colour seems to play an integral role in your pieces. Can you talk about your approach to colour?
I have always been drawn to bold rich colours. With the watercolour batik I do not mix colours. I layer one colour and after it is dry, I layer another one on top of it to make the next colour I need. This gives the colours a variegation and glow that is not possible when you use a mixed colour.
What current projects are you working on?
I have recently started painting flowers in oil; I love the vibrant colours and texture that can be achieved with this medium.
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. “
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What is your favourite time of day to work?
I am an early bird, I like to get up early and paint. I usually go to bed thinking about my paintings, sometimes I am so excited about what I am working on that I will wake up in the middle of the night and get up and paint.
What inspires you?
Growing up in the country gave me a very strong and lasting connection with nature. The vast array of colourful flowers, beautiful landscapes and peaceful trails through the woods captivate me. These qualities of nature are what fuel my creative spirit and are reflected in my art. Although nature is my main source of inspiration I am also inspired by unique items and scenes in our everyday surroundings.
How would you describe your style or process?
My Watercolour on Rice paper (Batik) is more impressionistic; which is one of the things I like the most about it, along with the texture. I particularly enjoy working with the many alternating layers of colour and wax. With my small daily oils, I am somewhere in between impressionistic and realism, I love the texture you can get with oil paint.
Where can people see more of your work?
I sell my Watercolour Batiks through galleries and my oils through my studio and various places online.
What are you currently working on?
I am always working on new Batiks in various stages and I also try to do small daily oils as well. I always have many paintings on the go at a time, so I can continuously paint different stages while others dry. I am always planning ahead for my next paintings and looking for more inspiration around me.
What is your favourite medium?
Watercolour I think will always be my first love as it is where I started. The Daily oil paintings are very exciting and it is quickly becoming a close second. I love trying new mediums and I am always experimenting so who knows if that will change in the future.
What would you like to accomplish in the next three years?
Over the next three years, I would like to concentrate on more gallery representation in the Maritimes and hopefully, build a new (much bigger) studio.