Bio and Artist Statement of Nova Scotia artist Paul Edmond
Paul grew up in the small town of Dominion, NS. ( Cape Breton). He began drawing at a very young age and progressed to oil painting in his teens. Economics guided him to a career path in the financial world and he went on to achieve many awards in his organization and the industry before retiring after 35 years as Director, Business Development in 2012, living in the City of Lakes, Dartmouth NS.
He became more aware of the acrylic medium while being introduced to it 5 years ago. It quickly became his go-to medium because of the vibrant colour possibilities. Paul’s talent in that field grew very quickly as friends and clients soon started to request his work.
Some examples of his growing talent include receiving Special Recognition Award in the “Light Space Time” 2020 June contest involving artists from 32 countries with his entry of “Just old Archie”.
His painting “Last plane in the sky” was a finalist in the 4th Annual Fusion International Skies competition……announced early August 2020. In Oct 2020, “Low Tide Dreaming” was a finalist in the 5th Annual Fusion Seascapes international competition and also “Sun Still Shines on Halifax” won a Special Recognition Award in another “Light Space Time” competition during the same month. In Jan 2021, his entry of “Walking Towards Tranquility” was a finalist in the Fusion 6th Annual International Landscapes competition. The painting entitled “Innocence Walking” won a Special Recognition Award during the April 2021 11th Annual Figurative “Light Space Time” international competition. The painting “A Whitepoint Beach Winter” was a finalist in the 2021 Fusion 6th Annual Waterscapes international competition in May 2021.
Paul is a self taught artist who has combined his natural ability with online tips from top artists in North America and world wide including various members like Joe Cornelius, Scott Prior, Jeanette Chupeck etc. The work of Jack Vettriano would be among his favorite. Paul alternates his time between his homes in Florida and Dartmouth NS. Many pieces of his work involve the ever changing aspects of waterscapes, whether it involves activities on beaches or large lakes. Paul is always looking for that special moment on the water and most of his paintings are the result of his own photography. Paul is a member of the Contemporary Art Society of Halifax / Dartmouth and a member of the Dartmouth Visual Art Society. Paul has art presently at Gallery 97 as part of a group exhibition in Sackville NS until Sep 15. Consider visiting The Avon River Heritage Museum in Newport Landing NS between Jun 21 to Sep 24 and also the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth NS between Sep 17 to Oct 10th to view some of Paul’s newest paintings. Most importantly, Paul has decided to become a studio artist at Oceanside Gallery, the newest and one of the biggest galleries in Eastern Canada. The gallery is located in Cornwallis Park, Annapolis Valley NS and is open Thursday-Monday between the hours of 11-4.
As an artist I attempt to capture the combination of beauty, truthfulness, and special moments that exist in our lives, sometimes for precious few minutes of time. My style of animated realism partners perfectly with the vibrant colours of the acrylic medium. When we take the time to look closely, we allow ourselves to see and enjoy what Mother Nature has provided.