About Larry Stuart
Prior to an early retirement /move to Vancouver Island in 2014, I was doing my artwork, just not to the extent I am now, as I had moved a disabled family member in with me and I was the chief caregiver . The last 2 years , however, I have been able to devote more time to my passion of creating . Gardening , painting and drawing are cleansing to my soul .
I awake every day making my way thru the day looking for that which the average person does not see - I want the viewer to see that which has inspired me. I create because it is in my nature just as breathing is - I want , I must and I have to CREATE . The process of developing a painting for me is one based on intuition . When I begin to work , I will generally have a photo- it is then I roughly sketch in graphite and colour washes in order to lose all the white areas . It is the evolving shapes / forms made from the large brush marks that eventually develop in front of me - that begin to separate any resemblance between the photo and the actual canvas . I do not seek deep meanings into my works or wish for the viewer to understand , simply enjoy the final outcome .
“ Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.“ Claude Monet
I am always searching for images / ideas, looking for the contrasts , the play of light and shadows on objects or the play of one colour against another . It can be the arrangement of the pebbles on the beach or a rocky outcrop stretching into the sea or tonal values in a wave . I only want to show the way in which I see the world around me as any artist will do . DON’T pass by what many deem as “ ordinary “ - STOP , WITNESS AND APPRECIATE the intricacies of the movement of light and colour in
the simplest of things ……..like a group of pebbles on the beach .