In 1987 when I was 8 years old, I created my very first paintings named “Pooh Bear on a train track with some honey by a window”. Since then, my art has developed through self-education, some formal education, and life experience. I like to take an idea, whether a moment of connection or a situation felt, and create a time and space around it on the canvas. The inspiration caused by seeing something evolve from nothing, and the effects that it can create, has spurred me on to developing my art.
In moments of inspiration, my best work is developed amidst the pounding beats and rhythms of music, or a movie playing repeatedly in the background. On occasion I have found myself painting in isolation on a mountaintop, while other times I paint in the midst of many others. I enjoy experimenting and getting my ideas out in a way that words may not do justice.
When I experience the world, I know in those moments that I am only experiencing a snapshot of reality. Because of the experience of both that which I can and cannot see, and because of the enormous scope of our world, my faith both informs and interprets my experience. When I consider that scope, I become all too aware of my own smallness and frailty, awareness that drives me to my knees with a deep, inner awe for life. I often find it hard to stop life and think about it …my hope is that my art will help allow a space for this reflection.
I love music, but its hard to predict what song I will like. Because of this, I have pondered music, and what attracts me to a particular song. I have found that I like music for two reasons: One – I will enjoy a song for its overall jingle, and Two – for the words and meaning it conveys. It is a bonus when I find a song that gives me both of these. Similar to the attractiveness of music, I try to bring across both aesthetic presence and significance in my art.
Since receiving my digital arts diploma, I have been actively pursuing painting, video production, illustration, and design. More of my work can be seen at www.eye-catchers.ca
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Edmonton’s own La Luna de Santiago was originally formed by Cristian Mur (lead vocals / rhythm guitar/song writer) and Ivan Mendoza (bass/backup vocals/musical director), eventually incorporating Jason Kuchar (Trumpet, Piano) and Tow Lowry (Drums, backup vocals) into the band. All four band members bring their own distinct musical styles to the stage as a result of their diverse cultural upbringing (spanning 4 continents) as they play predominantly Latin music with elements from other genres such as funk and reggae. La Luna’s first album, Puede Ser, was nominated for the World Recording of the Year (2012) for the Western Canadian Music Awards. La Luna de Santiago are proponenets of the unification of all the cultures of the world, no matter race or religion. They would like to encourage the world to never stop believing in their dreams… All of the members have radically different upbringings in music from different continents (as […]