Colors flow into each other creating shapes and volume. A burst of light here, a touch of deep shadows there. Zan Barrage paints not just what he sees, but also the mood and what he calls the taste of the moment. Zan’s artwork is an exploration of light on the Canadian Landscape. He explains it this way: “There is a certain temperature to the light up here, a crispness that is uniquely Canadian. It speaks to me in a harmony of colours. Delicate but savage. Rich but not overwhelming – elegant. I hope it comes through in my work”.
Zan’s journey in art began in war-torn Beirut where he grow up in the 1970’s. Music, poetry and painting were his escapes from the reality around him. He was seven when he got his first watercolour box. A tin box with tons of chalky colours and a horrible brush to go with it. He would sit for hours blending colours, attempting to paint the world around him as it fell apart. Today his box is filled with artist quality paints and his brushes are sable and squirrel. “My tools have changed” He explains, “but the journey is still the same: A love for colours and light, and an epic struggles to put these faithfully on paper.”
Classically trained in his youth at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts 1969-1975, Zan is the recipient of several art awards. He is also the founder and past president of Ontario Plein Air Society, a group of Ontario painters dedicated to painting the Canadian landscape from life. Zan is also a Master Artist member of the International Watercolor Society. When asked which artists influence his work he is quick to name them: “Homer, Whistler and of course Sargent”.
Zan Teaches watercolours at three visual art schools in Ontario Canada. He also leads travel workshops to Europe and the Caribbean Islands.
Below is an example of Zan’s work. For more, please visit his website.
Travels to northern Ontario and Europe inspire her work, which is characterized by use of colour, mood creation and representational style.
“Painting watercolours allows the nuances of nature to unfold. I am continually intrigued by the play of light on water, the shadows in foliage, the changeability of skies and the vibrancy or subtlety of colour. As a medium, watercolour permits me to experiment capturing transparency and form. My paintings celebrate not only the energy and vitality of life, but its serenity and harmony.”
Educated at Queen’s University, the University of Waterloo and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Tiina is a former educator.
As mentioned in our previous post, in the coming months we will be featuring the new full members of IWS Canada. The order in which they are featured is a simple reflection of their promptness in responding to our suggestion that they allow us to do so.
Vancouver-based artist Esmie Gayo McLaren , our second featured member, approaches art as an extension of her experiences. Her love for gardens, dance, people, and travel provides infinite inspiration, translating to paintings filled with sensitivity and movement. Each painting is a combination of instinctive and calculated interaction between her and the image.
McLaren is based in Vancouver, Canada, a metropolis of varied cultures. The lines are often blurred between her art and community work as she enjoys bridging cultures through her art.
Below is an example of Esmie’s work. You may view more at her website.
In the coming months we will be featuring the new full members of IWS Canada. The order in which they will be featured is a simple reflection of their promptness in responding to our suggestion that they allow us to do so.
Our first featured member is Roy Tibbits.
Self-taught watercolour artist Roy Tibbits began painting in 1990 and is an active Member of the “Federation of Canadian Artists”. Roy’s art has been selected in a number of juried shows at their gallery in Vancouver B.C.
Roy’s paintings were featured in the March/April 2004 and March /April 2007 Issues of “Art Avenue” a Federation Of Canadian Artists publication.
Roy has had his work selected into the Thompson Nicola Shuswap juried show for 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017.
Roy’s work has been frequently selected as a finalist in the “Art of the Automobile ” competition, sponsored by the “Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, with works traveling to various cities.
Roy is an associate member of the “Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. In 2006, three of his paintings were submitted to the “Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Atlantic associates” juried show where one received “Best Building Category” and the other two received “Honourable Mention”. In 2015 Roy’s work was selected to the 90th “Open Water” international juried show. In 2016 Roy’s work was selected to the 91st “Open Water” international juried show, with “Old Comrades” winning the S J Sloan Award .
In 2015 two of Roy’s works were accepted into the “Society of Canadian Artists” 47th national juried show at the “Gainesborough Gallery” in Calgary Alberta.
In 2016 Roy was elected in to the “Society Of Canadian Artists “.
In 2017 one of Roy’s paintings was accepted in the “Society of Canadian Artists” juried show “Oh Canada-Our Home and Native Land” at “Gallery 78” in Frederiction New Brunswick.
Here is an example of his work. More can be found at his website.
As vice-president and president of IWS Canada, Elizabeth and I would like to thank you all for being part of an exceptionally exciting 2017. Elizabeth and I would also like to thank our hard working IWS Canada Directors Helen Shideler, Anne McCartney, Lianne Todd, Tiina Price and Rose Butler without whose time and effort we would not have had such a successful year.
Our ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ online competition, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, was a huge success with over 1,400 entries worldwide and 150 finalists selected from all corners of the world. This definitely embraces our mission of love, peace, tolerance and acceptance of all cultures. A colourful and inspiring video was produced which has been viewed over 43,000 times on social media plus another 34,000 times on our website! If you haven’t already seen it be sure to check it out!
We are now looking forward to next year and are busily planning our 2018 Symphony in Watercolour Festival! We will be inviting you all to a week of celebration in Richmond Hill, Ontario, from September 28th- October 3rd, SO SAVE THE DATES!!!
Being part of IWS Canada has been rewarding and exciting. If you are interested in being more involved you can now become, not just a Friend of IWS Canada, but a full Member. For only $25 CDN ($15 for youth) Our new full members will be entitled to many benefits. Visit our membership page for complete information on how to apply.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best of the Holiday Season, that you have peace, joy, love and acceptance in your everyday life and that your 2018 is happy, healthy, prosperous and successful.