WHAT IS IN­SPI­RA­TION?

We asked the fi­nal­ists from the RBC Cana­dian Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion what in­spi­ra­tion means to them:

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1. CARO­LINE LARSEN, TORONTO

“In­spi­ra­tion, to me, is just a spark—some­thing that grabs your at­ten­tion and starts your mind mov­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.”

2. RUS­SELL LENG, VAN­COU­VER

“In­spi­ra­tion is a no­table sen­sory mo­ment and of­ten a start­ing point to build on and trans­late into some­thing more. In­spi­ra­tion doesn’t al­ways hap­pen at the be­gin­ning of a pro­ject or paint­ing—it can ar­rive in the mid­dle and of­ten re­veals it­self at the end as well. This speaks to the flu­id­ity or fleet­ing na­ture of in­spi­ra­tion; it comes and goes but can be chased down if you are per­sis­tent enough.”

3. JOHN PLAYER, MON­TREAL

“It has some­thing to do with be­ing com­pelled to act; it’s a force that drives me to fill some kind of void in the im­me­di­ate that ap­pears some­times ran­domly and some­times from re­search. It’s di­rectly at­tached to one’s be­lief sys­tem as well.”

4. JES­SICA BELL, OTTAWA

“In­spi­ra­tion, to me, means in­ter­est. Any­thing that is in­spir­ing is some­thing that can per­suade a sec­ond thought.” h

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