Original Paintings by Jack Zwicker


Q: How did you get started painting watercolours?

I only became interested in learning to paint in 1995 and 1996. I was in my mid-forties at the time and my introduction to art was purely accidental. I took a year of landscape art lessons and found the exercise peaceful and creative. What began as an occasional hobby gradually became a passion. As a child I had absolutely no interest in arts and crafts. I guess you never know what hidden abilities you may have.

Q: What made you decide to use watercolour in the way you do? Watercolour painting generally tends to be done in lighter tones.

A: I have always been a great admirer of the work of Lawren Harris of the Canadian Group of Seven. As I began to paint, I wondered what the effect would be of using watercolour in strong contrasting tones, in combination with geometric shape. The use, as well of a water spray bottle to portray clouds, and especially aurora borealis, provides a translucency unique to watercolour.

Q: How would you describe yourself?

A: My style is minimalist, powerful, at times spiritual, and moody. I generally use earth tones that are comfortable to look at and avoid the use of a large number of colours that might appear either sharp to the eye or unrelated to the mood of the painting.


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