Robert Canaga

American Art Collector - - Artist Focus -

On a visit to Ice­land last De­cem­ber, Robert Canaga was in­spired to cre­ate a se­ries of wa­ter­fall paint­ings. “The mo­ment I saw the land­scape, with its cold, clean air and the waft­ing steam ris­ing from the land, I was ready to paint,” he says. “As we trav­eled around the coun­try I was taken by the power and grace of all the falls and beauty of the lay­ers of lava and snow. The melt­ing ice from the glaciers cas­cad­ing down the black basalt in­spired me.”

Canaga has al­ways been in­ter­ested in trans­lat­ing the feel­ing of place in­stead of cre­at­ing a copy of na­ture. “There is a cer­tain feel­ing of up­lifted spirit and joy felt when stand­ing in the pres­ence of wa­ter fall­ing and breath­ing in the mist that I try to cre­ate with­out be­ing pho­to­graphic,” he says.

As a print­maker, Canaga learned to use con­trast and sim­pli­fied marks to trans­late what he is think­ing or feel­ing. He tries to im­ple­ment those lessons in his paint­ings. In 1994, he be­gan mix­ing oils with cold wax as a hardening agent, which has al­lowed him to add thick and thin lay­ers of color as needed for tex­tu­ral ef­fects. He also lets his use of color and un­der­stand­ing of op­ti­cal il­lu­sion cre­ate depth and at­mos­phere.

“I paint in the stu­dio and sel­dom take my paints with me [on lo­ca­tion], pre­fer­ring to make small sketches and notes to re­mind me what to paint. I would rather see what I paint than paint what I see.”

His work will be on view in Eu­gene, Ore­gon at Ore­gon Wine LAB and in May and June, and at Vis­tra Fram­ing and Gallery in July and Au­gust.

Ice­land Falls #3, oil, 20 x 12"

Ice­land Falls #5, oil, 60 x 60"

Triple Falls, oil, 24 x 18"

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.