The Seed Collectors
MICHAEL CAMERON (CANADIAN)
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Michael Cameron studied at Carlton University, the Ontario College of Art and Design, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Leighton Artist Colony residency and a Landscape residency with Iain Baxter. He has been a Banff-based artist since 1990. Cameron's work has been cited in numerous publications, and is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. A mid-career artist, Cameron has exhibited in numerous, high profile solo and group exhibitions in Banff, Calgary and Toronto. His work has also been exhibited at art fairs in Miami and Chicago.
"Painting in a time of discontent
The third year of a deadly pandemic... a war waged by a lunatic... climate catastrophe... the division of our country... children buried in unmarked graves... and my own personal struggle with heart disease. It's been challenging, to say the least.
How I deal with these challenges is to keep painting in spite of the chaos. Through paint I... in part... bear witness to these, our most challenging times.
It is in dreams of daydreaming that images come to me... they comfort me in a time of profound anxiety. Perhaps, in some way, painting is the best response – to make something beautiful in a time of evil.
The images are stepping stones in my painting process. For me it is how I move the paint that draws me into the painting. Nature is born anew out of rhythm and movement. When I'm working in such a manner, mistakes occur and from the mistakes come invention. Without invention, painting is really nothing more than illustration."