Cameron Bird has grown up with a passion for the outdoors. He began his career with sketching, which he continues to this day as reference for his larger studio oils and acrylics. His formal art training took place at Emily Carr College of Art and Capilano College where he studied commercial art; as well he completed studies in professional sign painting. Each year Cameron gathers reference for his work while fishing, camping and hiking in the mountains and outdoors. A particular interest for Cameron is to carry his paint box with him and capture the subject’s first hand, known commonly as plein air. Plein air painting was initially very overwhelming for Cameron. It was difficult for him to simplify landscapes and present clean colours in such vast settings, however, years of practice and patience have given him the confidence and skill which can be seen today in his plein air studies. Living in the Cariboo provides Cameron with a simplified lifestyle that allows him easy access to nature and the versatility to travel further afield. Whether its day trips into the Cariboo-Chilcotin to sketch the old pioneer and ranching history, trips over the mountains to the Rockies to hike and explore, family trips to the west coast of Tofino and Ucluelet, weekend getaways into the warmer interior of BC or longer trips abroad to Europe or throughout Canada and North America Cameron is constantly being provided with new sources of inspiration and reference for his work. Cameron likes to challenge his viewers into seeing landscapes and wildlife in a new way. In order to do that his first-hand experience and knows his subject is vital.
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