From Geology to Gallery with Painter Jeff Wilson

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Urban Landscape Painter Jeff Wilson

Our Guest Artist: Urban Landscape Painter Jeff Wilson 

Our Host Artist: Carol McQuaid

Our Bar: The Irish Heather in Gastown, Vancouver BC, Canada

Our guest this week is Scottish born Vancouver based painter Jeff Wilson.  He’s on an amazing run, doing public gallery shows, residencies, and the most interesting commission projects, but what he’s best known for are his large and intimate paintings of Vancouver’s downtown east side, They are a love letter to this complex part of the city where he lives and works.

Our bar is Gastown’s classic Irish Heather Pub.

Now lets head to the Irish heather and listen in as Jeff and I talk planning, production and the realities of pursuing a professional painting career,

In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Current projects
  • Illustrating the mining legacy at Keno hill in Northern Yukon
  • Saskatchewan residency paintings
  • Working boat exhibition paintings
  • Downtown East Side landscape paintings
  • Strategies for applying to public galleries
  • Showing at the Langham Gallery in Kaslo with curator Arin Fay
  • Okanagan shows with artist Ann Willsie in Armstrong and Peachland Art Galleries
  • Managing applying for shows and producing the work; we talk schedules, admin, and inspiration
  • Jeff’s background in mining and how/why he segued into painting full time
  • How art provided a release from his stressful job, a release he no longer needs now that he paints full time
  • Working with wife Lalia and how they support each other in their creative careers
  • Commercial representation and public galleries
  • Watching his parents transition into creative careers later in life, and how that demonstrated the possibilities for him.  “To a certain extent I’m just recreating my dads life”
  • Talking residencies : how Jeff was inspired by a TV program to explore Wallace Stegner House in East End, Saskatchewan
  • Working for mining companies
  • The Yukon Imagination Library
  • The many upsides of donating paintings for good causes
  • What curators are looking for
  • And of course we end with a fun annecdote about about living an artist life

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About the author, Carol

I love creating big cityscapes in paint and print. I travel around the world painting, teaching and doing art residencies. I meet artists everywhere, and I love bringing their stories to you on “Two Artists Walk into a Bar” podcast.

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