“Escapes” for James Girvan is a retrospective of pleasant memories of places he has been and of people he has met. While Ron Hazell invites the viewer to enjoy places they may want to “Escape” to in the future and enjoy them as he has. Using the watercolor medium for which they are famous for, James Girvan and Ron Hazell invite you to “Escapes”.
An active career in Architecture has given James Girvan a well grounded sense of composition and perspective and intensified his understanding and appreciation of landscapes. Now retired, James has directed his energy to the transparency of the watercolor medium. His paintings of the Maritime landscapes capture a sense of mystery and intrigue while establishing a mood of serenity and calm. He states that art exists not in reality but in essence. A Painting must tell of its time and place. It must establish mood and it must create focus. But above all, it must take the recognizable symbols of everyday objects and dramatize them as entertainment to the senses. James’ passion has led him to be elected to membership in La Societe Canadienne de l’Aquarelle, awarded a fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and in 2002 was elected membership to the prestigious Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC).
Ron’s work has been continuously featured in publications such as American Artist Watercolor magazine and was the title presentation in the book “Best of Worldwide Landscapes Artists” Ron uses the sparkle and brilliance of light and water in all of his works. Places where people live their lives, work and play, have become a common theme in his work. Ron enjoys painting the ordinary moments that we all experience in everyday life. He states that if others can identify with the experience by viewing his work, than he has succeeded. A native of Nova Socita, he is internationally known as a watercolor artist and workshop instructor. In 1997 he was elected to the prestigious Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC). His award winning work is currently part of permanent collections in the Senate Offices, Ottawa and also in the Royal Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, England.
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