Painting and sketching en plein air are the foundations for artists to see, feel, smell and touch the reality of the amazing world in which we live. Join local artist, teacher and architect Alfonso Tejada and Sunshine Coast artist Brian Romer for a friendly informal painting session where they will use different media (acrylics and watercolour) on the same location. The “Two Amigos” will share their reactions, discuss what the best subject to work with on the spot is and how they approach the theme of their works.
Alfonso Tejada’s extensive background in Architecture and Urban Design connected with his interest in the arts and was fostered in Mexico in the fine art studios of Professor Jesus Gallardo, where he studied drawing, watercolour painting and metal etching. His formative professional years were spent in Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende where he lived, studied and practiced architecture for 14 years.
After moving to Vancouver in 1976, Alfonso taught in the design studios at the School of Architecture at UBC for 5 years. His work in architecture and urban design has allowed him to travel extensively worldwide. These travels have influenced his artistic visions, particularly Italy where he has painted and taught courses in Plein Air painting in Venice every summer since 1999.
Brian Romer was born in Vancouver quite some time ago and began to paint at a very young age with encouragement from a father who loved fishing and painting. Preferring to clean brushes to salmon, Brian misspent much of his youth under the influence of abstract expressionism.
After high school, Brian went south to the University of Oregon, eventually receiving a Master’s Degree (in business, of all things) and subsequently lived and worked in Montreal, New York, Calgary and Edmonton before finally making his way back to the West Coast. Time has definitely mellowed Brian and his abstracts have become much more representational in an attempt to capture the natural beauty of his world.
Brian paints just about every day in his Sunshine Coast studio, and whenever possible, on an 8" x 10" board on his lap amongst the trees. His works have been shown in various locations over the years, primarily above the bed, behind the piano and down the entire length of the front hall.