Interpretive Style Paintings page 2 of 2
Please see page 1 for more paintings in this style!
I invented the interpretive style of painting a number of years ago to describe more closely the magical elements of the Pacific west coast. Working with the abstracts of color and shape, the paintings develop into an interesting blend of puzzle like pieces on close examination, while maintaining a recognizable form overall.
Description & Pricing
Original acrylic paintings on gallery wrapped canvas $ as marked
giclee on 28x38 gallery wrapped canvas $495 (enhanced with acrylic)
giclee on 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas $195 (enhanced with acrylic)
limited edition giclee on paper, 16x20 double acid-free mat $99
Original paintings $ as marked
28x38 acrylic giclee, canvas $395
16x20 acrylic giclee, canvas $195
16x20 double matted giclee, paper$99
Original acrylic on canvas paintings are made with the best artist grade, light fast pigments available and can be hung in brightly lit areas. The painting extends over to finish the edges so framing is optional. My 30 x 40" originals weigh a mere 2 1/2lb (less than a cup of coffee) so hanging is simple and easy using conventional picture hooks.
Please note that as some of the image is on the edge, the face dimensions are reduced accordingly. 30x40” = 28x38” and 18x22” = 16x20”
Original paintings always look more impressive in real life than on the internet. Your satisfaction is important to me. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, I will naturally refund 100% of your sale.
Acrylic giclée prints on canvas look very similar to original paintings and are the best type of reproductions available today. They have a waterproof acrylic finish and a special mirrored edge treatment that simulates the painted edge of the original works so are ready to hang as is.
Giclees on paper are supplied with a double acid free mat and foam backing board. All you need is a common 16x20" frame.
Mat options are:
silver gray with dark blue inner mat - nice traditional look. A mid to dark colored frame looks best
dark blue on dark blue - dramatic and bold look, very powerful. Best with a light colored metal or wood frame.
white on white - traditional gallery choice, classy and elegant. Goes with all decors. Best with a mid to medium dark frame.
Inspired by a view from a small mountain top in Metchosin (just south of Victoria) this hill top is so very typical of the area around Victoria. and the Gulf Islands. Almost always after a short hike up a steep park trail, you will find a dry and grassy outcropping studded with bolders and framed with a few struggling fir and Arbutus trees. In season, small natural flowers complement the landscape.
This scene over looks Whitty's Beach, a small point of land called Williams Head and in the far distance, the Olympic mountains in Washington state.
Located in the heart of the Okanagan between Oliver and Okanagan Falls BC, this famous landmark gets it's title from the very edge of McIntyre Bluff. It is easy to see an Indian's profile looking off into the distant hills. The white granite mountain towers 265 meters above Vaseux Lake.
McIntyre Bluff is not only a unique sight to see but is also rich in First Nation history. It is said that the elders of the Shuswap and Okanagan First Nations speak of legends when the bluff was the site of many fierce battles.
An interesting element in this painting is the bright red flowers in the foreground are actually called "Indian Paintbrush"!
East Sooke on the southern tip of Vancouver Island is of the most scenic areas of the pacific coast. The Olympic mountain range in Washington state can be seen in the distance, especially on the clear days of summer.
Exploring the numerous coves and bays by trail or kayak is downright glorious and you will almost certainly be treated to an abundance of wildlife.
I am so lucky to live right on the ocean. Every day is different, always something magical going on.
In the summer and early fall, we have some of the best sunsets going which have to be seen to be believed! The water immediately takes on the sky colors especially when it is calm. These great colors and a passing double masted sail boat inspired me to do this painting.
This painting uses a more subtle color pallet of earth tones in it's composition. Although full of life and magic, the quiet semi-neutrals blends of adobe bricks, golden ochre and Cerulean blues will fit seamlessly into anyones decor.
This is one of my wife and I's favorite locations. Only 10 minutes from our home by boat, it is a great place to enjoy a quiet picnic and catch some late afternoon sun.
To the left of the red boat, the land narrows to only a hundred feet across to another bay. The small grass covered bank is only about 15' above high tide which almost makes a small island of the hill behind. A very cool place!
This interpretive style painting was done with an earth tone pallet to echo the quiet serenity of a west coast evening. The Arbutus, Canada's only broad leaf evergreen tree, only grows on the lower coast of BC and northwestern Washington state.
Anything I see that has lots of color is a magnet to my eyes! Parrot fish are certainly the case. With their ostentatious, show-off colors they all seem to be competing for attention. Reminded me of the Emmy awards!!!
Inspired by our snorkeling adventures in Hawaii and Mexico, these graceful creatures seem to defy gravity. In the clear waters where one can often see 50 feet or more, it is amazing to see them floating amongst the brightly colored corals and fish.
I wanted to capture their perspective from a short dip below the surface. I painted the water using a very loose water color effect with light streaming through the blue waters of a breaking wave.
16x20 mounted size. LaManzanilla, Mexico is a tiny gem of a town on the Pacific coast. Though only 4 short blocks long for the main tourist area, it supports a rich abundance of authentic restaurants. Lora Loka's is particularly marvelous. There is always something going on and you'll find Lora right in the middle! A talented cook, salsa dancer and singer are only a few of her exuberant traits.
On a walk one day, I caught her and a friend singing to a customer seated at a beach side table.
Some of my favorite memories as a child growing up in James Bay municipality of Victoria, were spent with my friends at Beacon Hill park. On weekends a few of us would pack a lunch and hike a couple of miles or more to spend the whole day exploring the trails, checking out the zoo and playing on the swings. Perhaps my most favorite was visiting all the fabulous ponds to feed the ducks and swans and occasional greedy sea gull. To this day the sight of a water garden makes me want to capture it.
One of my favorite movies of all time is Avatar. The visual effects are unmatched with anything I've ever seen. The colorful forest fauna is amazing beautiful and believable. This abstract hints of the strange and connected life on Pandora. It will tease your imagination for many years and like a bouquet of flowers, add color and life to any room..
The "Inside Passage" between Vancouver Island and the mainland was recently renamed "Salish Sea" in honor of the first nations peoples who inhabit the west coast of Canada and Washington state USA. With hundreds of islands along it's thousand mile path, it is truly one of the most picturesque areas in the world.
This painting represents a typical warm summer evening as viewed from one of the islands. The Arbutus on the right is an easily recognized local tree having a skin like bark of soft reds and ochre hues.
Mexico is a wonderful place and abounds with great scenery, especially when one ventures off the main tourists routes. One day in Puerto Vallarta while my wife Patti was taking an art course, I ventured off into the back streets armed with my camera. The climb up and down the steep and bumpy roadways was treacherous but more than worth it! They are lined with fabulous old stone and plaster buildings dripping with cascades of brightly colored flowers. Everything has a comfortable, hand-made look so refreshing from modern standards.
I liked this particular street immediately for the inviting contrast of the sunlit Spanish home framed against the cool blue shadows of the wobbly street.
Inspired by our park-like forest in the centre of the Island where I live, "magical" is the word that most often comes to mind. Sometimes a light breeze wiggles the leaves creating patterns of abstract sunlight on the forest floor and trees.
The area has many trails and though less than 1/2 mile across, the terrain is diverse and inspiring. One of my favorite subjects to paint!
Inspired by a view of campers on the shore of Portland Island near my home, I decided to capture their moment in paint. Kayaking is a beautiful way to enjoy the gulf islands. Being totally quiet and slow most birds, seals and other wildlife feel unthreatened by your presence allowing a close up look at their natural habitat.
The area has many trails, most leading to or along the waters edge.
This painting has wonderful ice blue colors set against rust and olive greens which won't show well on a computer or tablet screen. Stunning in real life!
A Great Blue Heron at the edge of a Koi Pond!
One of the best known gardens in the world is Butcharts Gardens in Victoria BC. It is open and gorgeous all year around! Even in winter!
Sure, Victoria has the mildest climate in all of Canada, but the winters can still get "cold". This of course is my perspective- I was born here. If you come from Winnipeg, Calgary, Yellowknife or thousands of other Canadian cities, Victoria might seem balmy!
This water garden painting has a wonderful range of color from earth tones to sunny yellows. It will easily complement any decor.
Inspired by a view from an area near East Sooke park, the hand made park bench made the scene particularly inviting.
The area has many trails, most leading to or along the waters edge. From there one can see for miles up along the coast or even across to the Olympic peninsula in Washington state.
Have you ever been to Hollyhock on Cortes Island? Go! It's a wonderful retreat centre located near Campbell River / Vancouver Island BC. A day or two there is a reality check that will reset your soul!
This painting was created from one of their gardens where they grown numerous flowers including of course Hollyhocks. A variety of home grown vegetables are served daily in their award winning gourmet restaurant.
One of my favorite subjects to paint is a broad leaf forest with the interplay of dancing lights. The best light for most paintings and photographs is usually in the early morning or evening as the long shadows tend to enhance the 3 D of most outdoor scenes. But in the forest, high noon is more often the case. The sun has a chance of shinning through the canopy and with just a little breeze, wonderful patterns of shifting light and colors are sure to happen.
This is a painting of the entrance way to the Lora Loka Restaurant in LaManzanilla Mexico. This is the second year my wife and I have vacationed here. La Manzanilla is about 4 hours south of Puerto Vallarta by car.
This old coastal town has an active arts community and is full of interesting subjects to paint. Bold geometric shapes of crude buildings, gigantic vases and concrete furniture all painted with uncoordinated colors. Somehow it all works. It's magic!
An old crab boat takes a well deserved day off. Modern fast moving aluminum hulled boats have mostly replaced the old wooden boats of the past. But, there is some satisfaction in seeing the experience of an old timer bring in the largest catch of the day!
Inspired by all the color on our trip to Mexico, I decided to do an interpretive style painting of the cactus in the area. Except for nasty thorns, their casual pudgy shapes appear almost cartoon-like and are quite fun to capture.
Cactus Forest has an abundance of rich colors that may not show well on a standard computer screen but will definitely add some punch to any decor!
Tugs play a major roll on the both coasts from guiding freighters into docks to halling huge log booms and cargo barges. The small Nordic design tug in this painting is a charming sea-worthy craft popular with a few discriminating boaters.
Two kayaks passing by the gulf islands at sunset.
The thunderbird is one of the most important images on a totem. The original carving was painted chief Mungo Martin.
Six Coppers was inspired by the series of ancient indian petroglyphs. Few travelers have seen the original paintings as they are located in a remote and rugged area along BC's picturesque west coast. One could travel by boat to to the end of Smith Inlet (on the mainland roughly across from the northern tip of Vancouver Island). At this point you could pack a light kayak or canoe a few miles and launch it into Long Lake. Note the word Long.... On a rocky cliff near the middle of Long Lake you will find the images above along with many other splendid examples of this ancient art form.
Conversely, I 'd be happy to ship you this painting or print and to heck with callouses!