Art as Self-ex­pres­sion

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There are two things Jonn Ein­erssen never tires of – paint­ing and talk­ing. He sees paint­ing as a mix of craft and phi­los­o­phy, and the in­spi­ra­tion for spir­ited con­ver­sa­tion among old friends and new ones. "I ap­proach a paint­ing out of a de­sire for self-ex­pres­sion," he tells us, "but also from what I see in oth­ers." His bold, re­al­is­tic work is dis­tin­guished by a har­mo­nious play of light and colour, in­spired by the raw, un­con­trolled power of na­ture. Al­though worlds apart, Jonn's love for both the sea and prairies is in­spired by his life ex­pe­ri­ences. Born in 1949, he grew up on the western prairie sur­rounded by golden wheat fields and views of grain el­e­va­tors ris­ing into the big, western sky. Upon mov­ing to the west coast of Bri­tish Columbia, Jonn grav­i­tated to the ocean. Its wide open spa­ces, stretch­ing as far as the eye could see, pro­vided lim­it­less po­ten­tial for ex­pe­ri­enc­ing na­ture in all its glory. Mes­mer­ized by its raw power, Jonn went on to paint the rhythms and moods of the sea with re­mark­able au­then­tic­ity. His hall­mark seascapes of­ten in­clude the im­age of a sun­lit wave cap­tured in a hyp­notic, fren­zied dance; a fleet­ing mo­ment in the ebb and flow of time.

The Early Days "I was born in Wyn­yard," Jonn re­mem­bers, "a small farming and rail­road town in Saskatchewan. I spent my youth be­tween the town and farm. Af­ter fin­ish­ing high school, I did some oil field work, as well as min­ing in Saskatchewan and Man­i­toba. I went to Bri­tish Columbia at the age of 19 and worked in a lum­ber mill un­til I met Sa­mara Car­rier, who chal­lenged me to paint a paint­ing – some­thing I never pur­sued when I was young. I had no in­ter­est

left, Sun­day Ride, oil on can­vas, 32" x 48" above, Na­ture’s Lay­ers, dip­tych, oil on can­vas, 48" x 48"

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