Born in northern British Columbia, Rod Charlesworth moved to Kelowna at the age of seven. Originally influenced by surrealism in his earliest paintings, he attended Okanagan University College in the 1970s where he discovered the Group of Seven and impressionism. This inspired his keen interest in experimenting with colour and the physical qualities of paint. Although acknowledging his education and technical training, Charlesworth still considers himself a self-taught artist.
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.