Site 4 – Bert Liverance – Flower Painting Artist
The Uxbridge Studio Tour is proud to introduce award-winning flower oil painting artist, Bert Liverance as one of our new site artists for 2016.
Bert moved to Uxbridge six years ago to escape the hustle and bustle of Toronto. “Our home is on an idyllic twenty-three acres with a pond, wetlands and a beautiful studio with great north light. It’s like sitting in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary!”
Over the years Bert has enjoyed the many benefits of the Uxbridge arts community including visiting other artists during the studio tour and participating in the Township’s juried exhibition.
Bert started as a self-taught artist. His first exposure to oil painting was in university, but the more he painted, the hungrier he got for knowledge and exposure to new mediums. While living in Portland, Oregon he took a number of courses at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and has just completed his second year of a degree in Botanical Illustration from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
Bert creates paintings of larger than life flowers that are so so alive you’re sure you can smell them. As a sculptor turned painter, Bert achieves a three-dimensional feeling through a highly realistic rendering of light and shadow. Bold compositions and vibrant colours round out his trademark style. Bert has been recognized by the Royal Canadian Mint, McMichael Canadian Art Gallery, Botanical Artists of Canada, and the American Society of Botanical Artists. His floral art has been featured in publications, he has designed floral coins for the Royal Canadian Mint, and his floral art is in galleries and juried exhibitions throughout North America. His floral art can be found in public and private collections around the world
“I have been influenced by many fine artists like the French Impressionists with their bold colours and scenes of everyday life. The Canadian Group of Seven fine artists also influenced me with their use of colour that featured the Canadian wilderness. Georgia O’Keefe who put flower paintings front and center in the world of fine art is another influence. But I would have to say the most significant influence in my work is the flowers themselves. Each one is a blessing that could be so easily overlooked. I love celebrating the beauty and grace of flowers and preserving them in time in my floral oil paintings. That’s why they’re big and bold. I want the flowers to command your attention.”
Where to See Bert’s Work
Bert’s studio is Site 4 of the 2016 Uxbridge Studio Tour, located at 2409 Concession 4 South, Goodwood (Concession 4 just north of Webb Rd). Be sure to include this wonderful studio as part of your 2016 Uxbridge Studio Tour experience.
You can also visit Bert’s website https://www.bertliverance.com to read more about the artist and see more of his work.