"Painting becomes tedious when the ultimate goal of the painter is to recreate the external world. I've always felt that the painting exists only within its own borders, which allows the curious mind of the artist to say: What if I did this?"
Rod Charlesworth is one of our treasured artists at Adele Campbell Gallery. He took the time to answer 5 Questions about his life in the beautiful Okanagan, his painting processes, future direction and what the festive winter season means to him.
1. Can you tell us anything about the spectacular backdrop of the Okanagan, its impact on your painting and furthermore, your lifestyle?
The Okanagan is a beautiful valley centred around lakes. I am so lucky to call the Okanagan home. The stunning orchards and vineyards have provided me with ample imagery for my painting style.
2. Tell us anything about your future painting direction, processes, what has been influencing your most recent style?
I am currently going through some stylistic experimentation using tools such as knives, spatulas and fingers. I like to try a variety of different methods to move paint around which can lead some paintings toward being somewhat more abstract.
3. What was it about impressionism and Tom Thomson that influenced your early career and how has that influence manifested itself in your later years of painting?
I think the rugged and diverse nature of the Canadian landscape from coast to coast were my first influences. Thomson’s style was direct and spontaneous and his use of paint spoke to me. I have evolved my own style of brushwork but the Group of Seven was certainly instrumental in my ability to do so. I think painting in Canada and elsewhere will take on elements of where we live and what matters to us. If you are starting out as a painter I feel staying true to what you know and what is around you is essential. Being influenced by other artists, but finding your own style should be the end result.
4. Winter is upon us! I notice a more whimsical element in your winter scenes. Is this a depiction of your own family? What does the winter season mean to you, with its festivities and sentiments of children and families at play?
I feel the appeal of the whimsical pieces is largely because they convey color, movement, and an all-around liveliness. Certain elements from childhood experiences such as outdoor pond hockey, tobogganing, are things that many of us did as kids in the Canadian winter.
Right Image: 'Last Light of The Day' 20 X 24
Click on the following link to see Rod in his beautiful Okanagan landscapes:
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