A lifelong resident of Nova Scotia; artist R. J. Marchand is inspired by the natural world of his native province and beyond. For thirty years he has been working almost exclusively in acrylics and watercolours. His paintings exhibit an eclectic range of influences including impressionist painters, Japanese print makers, wildlife artist Robert Bateman, and fantasy landscape artist Roger Dean. His work, which combines both abstraction and realism, always reflects the natural world and often includes representations of animals, suggesting a mystical relationship between the animal and the observer. His work can be found locally at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery in the Hydrostone Market, as well as professional offices, and personal collections around the world.
"Seeing clearly and completely is always the most challenging part of the painting process, and perhaps the most challenging part of the process of living as well. For me, the expression of that authentic vision combines both realism and abstraction to create a story that is at once both real and not real, both a thing and an idea. I love the pure emotional allure of abstraction and the joy in my relationship to the paint itself, while the realism allows me to focus externally on the beauty to be found in the forests and on the beaches outside of my studio on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. "
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