A kiss of light on the landscape

The Artym Gallery is pleased to present “Capturing Light with Paint” an exhibition of new works from Andrew Kiss.

The Artym Gallery is pleased to present “Capturing Light with Paint” an exhibition of new works from Andrew Kiss. This show, featuring more than 27 new original paintings opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 12.

Andrew will be in attendance from 12 to 3 p.m. for a painting demonstration and answering questions. He will also be at the Artym from 6 to 9 p.m. for an evening reception.

Andrew Kiss has been painting Western Canada for over 40 years — his landscapes and nature scenes capture the essence and beauty of our area.

“I have images from many different parts of the world, but most of the time I do scenes from B.C. and Alberta. We have one of the most beautiful areas in the world,” says Kiss. Fans familiar with Kiss’ work won’t be disappointed with this collection, mostly made up of landscapes, but with a few of his highly detailed bird studies as well.

Kiss started his art career drawing as a child. His love of sketching inspired him, quite simply, to continue.

“It wasn’t a conscious decision to become an artist… over time it evolved slowly into a career.”

Kiss is a mainly self-taught artist, meaning his style and technique were honed and perfected through arduous trial and error, and that he is still learning. After 43 years, Andrew is still painting: “[My] inspiration is wanting to preserve the images of our environment on canvas to share with others… [and] love of the craft… not having to retire at 65. I’ll do it as long as I am able.”

Looking forward to his annual Invermere show, Kiss likes to meet “new and past clients and to be able to do a [painting] demo so people can have a small idea of what and how I do it.”

His technique is methodical but a little different than most realist artists: instead of working from background to foreground, or from dark colours to light, as most do, Andrew starts fairly traditionally with a sketch and an undercoat of colour, but from there  “ [I] do smaller portions at a time, as I like to paint wet on wet technique, as you will see at the demo” he explains.

Come to the gallery to see the brand new work from this accomplished Western Canadian artist. “Capturing Light with Paint” will continue on the walls of the Artym until November 20.