“It is always amazing to see how large trees manage to survive on the isolated sea stacks that rise from the ocean on Vancouver Island. After a spring storm, the air is fresh enlivening the atmosphere surrounding this sea stack.” – Rob Elphinstone
Actualism art works to capture the reality behind the subject rather than capturing the artist’s viewpoint of the subject (impressionism), the sense reality (realism) or invoking an emotion/ mood (expressionism). Canadian West Coast artists naturally attempt to capture this essence and that gives rise to an artistic style originating on Vancouver Island. My process of laying down heavily textured paint mimics an elusive wild flowing quality found in nature. The result is completely unlike that which results from carefully applied brushstrokes and is both exciting to do and intriguing to look at. This pastel under painting unifies my work and allows vibrant palette to be applied on top. This art reflects the belief that the painting is not about what is optically perfect but about the unseen reality that everyone feels – the essence of what makes nature of interest to us. On the west coast, sea stacks rise out of the ocean with trees that are shaped by the wild forces around them, much in the way people have been shaped by their own wild environment.
Sea Stack After Storm by Rob Elphinstone