Art as Self-expression
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"