Forest Trees I, II, III, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 3(42 x 60”)
14 years ago Vancouver based painter Richard Cole took a road trip from Edmonton to the West Coast with his wife… they never left. Inspired by the sheer force of the rugged landscape, Cole decided to concentrate his practice on representing through paint the emotional response to our natural surroundings. His paintings are a form of synesthesia as they are highly effective at transporting the viewer to another, familiar location - one permeated by the scent of pine needles, the chill of a gentle mist, skin tingling under the sun, and the soft murmur of a forest alive with activity.
His latest offering to the gallery is a three paneled testament to the majesty of BC’s forests. The size of the paintings allow the viewers to immerse themselves in the artist’s vision, projecting oneself upwards to the treetops, breaking away from the forest floor to survey the expanse of the sublime natural environment.