Artist Statement

My name is Marty Dwyer. I’m a visual artist living in Vancouver, B.C. I’m an engineer by day and an artist at night.

I’m originally from in St. John’s, Newfoundland, an island embodying a culture rich in music, dance, and art. For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for painting and art.

After graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a Bachelor of Engineering, in 2000, I completed a large eight foot mural for my class titled, “Into the Next Millennium.”

To continue my interest and passion for art I took several part time courses at Memorial University to further develop my skills, and techniques. I took many lessons from some reputable Newfoundland artists such as Gerald Squires, Jim Maunder, and Patricia Ryan.

In 2003, I took a job teaching in South Korea, where I traveled throughout South East Asia. It was here that I found some dedicated time and inspiration to complete my first body of work, called “Discovering Asia”. These paintings reflect the rich diversity of the region, the colorful landscapes, beautiful people, and  rustic ancient ruins of civilizations gone by.

After Asia, I returned to Canada in 2005 and landed in Vancouver, where I traveled around parts of British Columbia. The landscape in B.C. has an endless beauty, from its rugged coastlines, to its immaculate trees and its breath taking beaches. I discovered an endless arena of beauty that captivated and inspired me to complete “BC Landscapes”.

From my many travels back to Newfoundland I was inspired to capture the wonderful majestic icebergs that drift across Newfoundland’s coast each year with a series called “The Iceberg Series”.

During my time here in Vancouver I continued to develop and hone my skills. In 2007 I completed a fine arts program at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. I have displayed in galleries, coffee shops, libraries, and community centers around the city.

From my years of painting I have come to a place where I feel less is more. I try to think less and paint from a place where it is more intuition and feeling. I like to work quickly and I tend to work mostly with palette knives in oils or acrylics. But like any artist that can change in an instant. The need to create, explore, learn and discover is addictive. I look forward to the unknown and the many creations to come.

Each painting is a journey and its a beautiful experience that I am compelled to share with you.

Enjoy. Namaste.


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