Canadian painter working in acrylic, watercolour and pastels,
Micheal is an artist who has developed a distinctive way of seeing
and conveying the world's beauty. His work pushes towards
abstraction and it exudes a textural quality. His landscapes
capture the dazzle of light.
is having a one-man exhibition at Muskoka Arts & Crafts’
Chapel Gallery beginning on Saturday, March 31. Although Micheal
has painted Muskoka and has shown in the area before, this is his
first exhibition at the Chapel Gallery. “Because of the superb
reputation of the Chapel Gallery, I feel it is an important venue
to have an exhibition in,” remarks Micheal.
is a spiritual process connecting me to the world,” says Micheal.
“The paintings are impressions of the particular – water
spilling reflections across the surfaces of silent wetlands,
individual meditative moments, quiet places that neither reveal
themselves easily, nor ask anyone to specifically to come
there.” For Micheal, water is a perfect source of abstraction
due to its transparency. His paintings show the reflected sky in a
river, the bottom of a lake that is revealed by passing clouds and
the edges of a pond that are contained by a forest on all sides.
one to be contained by any medium, I have over the years made
continued leaps forward by taking the watercolour medium in new
directions, thereby opening new possibilities,” says Micheal.
Many of his watercolours are on paper but others are painted with
on prepared Norwegian birch panels by means of a special technique
he has invented through trial and error. “Working on gessoed
panels isn’t much fun as it is akin to painting on a kitchen
counter top with every stroke beading up, streaking, smearing and
misbehaving like so much spilt coloured water. But I am dazzled by
the new textures, the strength and the immediacy and directness
that result,” enthuses Micheal.”
secure the watercolour to the bird panel, Micheal lightly applies
two coats of a spray fixative and once dry, he seals it
permanently against the elements by applying at least two coats of
matt varnish just as if it were an oil or acrylic painting.
painting, Micheal works from light to dark and builds up layer
upon layer of watecolour on the gessoed panels. “It occurred to
me that I needed to take the painting further, to make my own
acrylics by adding an acrylic gel medium to the watercolours as
well as to continue working with acrylics themselves,” explains
Micheal who has been elected as a member of the Ontario Society of
Artists, Society of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Society of
Painters in Watercolour of which he serves on the Board of
asked what he hopes viewers take away after seeing his exhibition,
Micheal remarks, “If after seeing my work, people can see, feel
or understand that no matter where they are, each moment is
absolutely precious and chock full of interesting things going on,
then maybe, they can be less destructive of that same immediate
world around them.”
Fresh New Dialogue on Canadian Landscape opens with a
public reception on Saturday, March 30 from 1pm until 4pm with
Micheal in attendance. The exhibition continues at the Chapel
Gallery until April 21.
Chapel Gallery is located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 1pm and
from 2pm until 5pm with admission by donation.