Canadian artist Jake Vandenbrink’s breathtaking landscapes transport the viewer into the grandeur and peacefulness of the beautiful North American scenery he paints. To see more of his work, please visit his website.
Artistic endeavors seemed to come naturally to me while growing up, even at a young age. Being an only child I always tried to find ways to entertain myself, and drawing or painting was just a natural extension of my personality. As an adult, my drawing evolved into painting; first with oils, then eventually acrylic, which continues to be my medium of choice to this day.
Being self-taught I developed my style over many years until I found something that fit. My love for the outdoors is reflected in my work and I enjoy capturing the scenes with a realistic approach.
I have been fortunate to share my art with hundreds of collectors over the years by means of the many exhibitions that I attended as well as fine art galleries that have graciously hung my art for the public to see. In 1998 I was thrilled to have an exhibition of my art in a prominent gallery in Tokyo, Japan, where our North American scenery was indeed appreciated, demonstrating that art has no geographical boundaries.
My inspirations originate from my many travels both close to home and across various parts of North America. The lakes, forests and streams that are in close proximity to my home in Southern Ontario continue to provide endless ideas. However, it was my first trip to Western Canada that gave birth to my love of the Rocky Mountains. It is a place of endless beauty that feeds my soul and provides limitless artistic possibilities.
The foremost theme of my style focuses on the serenity of the natural world. I try to convey a sense of peace and quiet, and I often achieve this through careful use of subdued light and color values.
The landscape has always been the subject matter that inspired me most however I will often consider using diverse elements within a scene to create interest, balance and a focal point if necessary. Scenes may include wildlife or perhaps the suggestion of human interaction within the scene.
I feel that it is important for my composition to allow viewers the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences in nature, making them feel like they have been there before or would like to be.
The creative process begins with an idea, whether it be from one of my thousands of photographs or perhaps from a sketch. Canvas or board is the preferred surface depending on the amount of detail to be used. More detail means I look for a smoother panel. Background areas are the first to be completed; I then gradually work forward within the scene. I am always mindful of the light source and the impact that it has on the overall composition.
It is my goal to inspire people with my work and perhaps offer the art as a means to acquire a sense of appreciation for nature.