New Collection of British Columbia Landscapes by Steven Armstrong
July 03, 20201 min read
Vancouver Island artist Steven Armstrong has just delivered a collection of 11 new paintings fresh from the studio! His first series of new paintings for 2020 includes a variety of sizes and landscapes from around Vancouver Island including: Hornby Island, Maple Bay, Strathcona Park, Port Renfrew and the West Coast. He has also captured stunning imagery from the North Shore Mountains and Mt. Seymour.
How do you communicate the experience of exploring a coastal rain forest, hiking to an alpine lake, or watching the wild Pacific waves roll in? I grew up fascinated by the way we conceptualize and express our relationship with the natural environment and with one another—that sense of connection. I approach painting as a form of communicating an ever-changing relationship with place. It’s a dialogue, really – a conversation into which the viewer is invited.
This documentary resulted from an unexpected encounter between a painter and a young filmmaker. The idea of carrying out a magnificent project came from their first exchange. Without a budget and funding, simply for the love of art, these two artists wanted to express a familiar feeling: The desire to be an artist.
He takes it all in from the perspective of a passerby. Compositions are caught on the run. Momentary scenes of which the recollection contains only the essential. They are spontaneous - not to say improvised, as Robert captures many familiar locations in Montréal. It is a free-style, remembering a place in how it once was or should be, in one's mind with a hint of mischief.