An exhibit opening for 'His Impressions,' a joint first-time showing by Craig Brown and Glen Parsons, was held Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Station Arts Centre. The exhibit runs until Dec. 18.
Craig began painting in oils in the early 1980s and has received instruction from Helen Shearing and Jan Cressman at the old Armouries, John David Anderson at The Haliburton School of the Arts, and Gordon McLeod at the Station Art Centre. Finding that acrylics are much kinder for travel and painting 'en plein air,' he made a gradual shift to that medium, enabling him to paint outdoors on a weekly basis with Glen Parsons since 2010.
Craig's work has been influenced by the legendary Tom Thomson and current Ottawa artist, Gordon Harrison. Thomson's use of a burnt orange underpainting brings a welcome warmth to the paintings and Harrison's black construction lines left partially exposed, add a certain distinctiveness to the trees and horizon lines.
Craig and his wife, Jane, live in Tillsonburg and have three adult children - Will, Anna and Julian.
Born in Tillsonburg in the 1940s and has resided in town for most of his life. Introduced to art by his father, a sign writer and commercial artist and inspired by the art of Ross Logan.
Upon retirement Glen has been able to renew his interest in art and considers it a hobby rather than a business. The subject matter if his art is generally local, rendered from photos or on site sketches but not limited to just that.
Admission is always free to the Station.