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Don Graves
Artist's Statement
 
 
   
           

Artist's Statement
 

artist Music, theatre and painting are related by colour, texture, energy and story-telling. These medium become alive under an artistís touch, generated by free-flowing energy. I do not duplicate a model but seek out how natureís archetype moves me. These feelings become the cornerstone of my work. The brush becomes my baton, the canvas Ė my set and the voices ó my colours.

Learning: I believe that learning is part of an artistís statement. It is said that good teachers appear when the time is right. Iíve experienced that all my life and spent my teaching career trying to be there when the time was right. I believe learning happens when the student is ready to receive it and when the teacher recognizes that. Itís a partnership.

In music and in my writing this partnership has embraced me. And so it does with my painting. My work with Hamilton artist, John Stirling offered me foundation and pointed the way to connecting with my passion for the Canadian Landscape. And when I was ready this past June, I worked with Ottawa landscape artist, Gordon Harrison. This experience is transformative and Iím excited to see what comes next from my brushes and paints.