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Original Paintings by Jack Zwicker

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I actively began to paint watercolour landscape in 1997. I was 48 at the time.

Some years before, my wife and I began vacationing at Geneva Park, an idyllic family resort on the shore of picturesque Lake Couchiching, south of Orillia, Ontario. Every August while our son was young, we drove up to the Park and stayed for four or five days absorbing the natural beauty of the landscape, the forest and the lake. Those yearly visits became a family tradition.

During our visit in 1996, we were greeted with heavy rain one particular morning and there was no promise of any respite. One of the few available indoor activities was a watercolour lesson offered by a local artist. When I began that lesson, I really had no interest in painting. By the time the lesson was over, I was hooked.

I signed up for one year of watercolour lessons just after that. The lessons were given by a popular local landscape artist in Thornhill, Ontario, where we live.

Many of my compositions are inspired by the geometry of Lawren Harris, and the colour sense, of Franklin Carmichael, each a prominent member of the Canadian "Group of Seven". Some of my other paintings reflect the shapes and colours found in aboriginal, Canadian art.

What makes my art unique is a powerful and non-traditional use of watercolour that is more typical of oil and acrylic that employs a style which moves between the work of the Group of Seven and native Canadian art.

Jack Zwicker


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