Brett Varney
Sechelt, BC
Oil pastel paintings, Metallic leaf
Valley Brook
Valley Brook

Vivid Oil Pastel on brd with gold leaf 12x12

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Woodland Beauty
Woodland Beauty

Vivid Oil Pastel on brd with gold leaf 12x12

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Garden Horizon  5/200
Garden Horizon 5/200

Vivid Oil Pastel on paper with gold leaf 12.5x12.5

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Evening Vibrance
Evening Vibrance

Vivid Oil Pastel on brd with gold leaf 16x16

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Distant Horizon 8/200
Distant Horizon 8/200

Vivid Oil Pastel on paper with gold leaf 12.5x12.5

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Hidden Viewpoint
Hidden Viewpoint

Vivid Oil Pastel on brd with gold leaf 16x16

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Forest Horizon 6/200
Forest Horizon 6/200

Vivid Oil Pastel on paper with gold leaf 12.5x12.5

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Artist Statement:

My inspiration is born from the works of the Impressionists and Abstract Expressionists - Think Van Gogh meets Kandinsky at Gustave Klimt’s house. I am fascinated by the ability of intense color and texture of line to convey an emotional expression from the artist to the viewer. Working with vivid color oil pastel, I create images that are recognizable to welcome the viewer into the scene.

By using the hand cut metallic leaf on some of my works , I have stepped up the energy level of these pieces with the reflective brilliance that only a metallic surface can provide. I draw because it makes me feel good and energized, and I want the viewer to experience that same energy that inspires me to create. My use of black outlines around the shapes are deliberate and necessary and intend only to define and intensify the emotion of my work. My imagery is taken from my travels and from my mind’s eye. I want a finished work that I can proudly say purely represents my vision.