Jim Pescott, "Autumn Yellow," 2004, acrylic on canvas, 38" x 26".
Mermaid’s Kiss Gallery, Gimli
Aug 26-Sept 4, 2006
By Dina O'Meara
Growing up surrounded by the mystic, misty forces of the West Coast rain forest gave Jim Pescott an early appreciation for nature and light. Now in Calgary, the 59-year-old’s unique, pointillist landscapes capture and release the light in a dance of colours that morph into land and sea scapes. Pointillism allows him to explore how everything is interrelated, Pescott says from the small Calgary café where he paints most mornings. Dabbing on the canvas, he shows how a tree trunk flows into the background, and the background flows back into the tree trunk. “I’m part of all the molecules that are out there,” Pescott says. “We have a certain energy that we don’t know the source of, and my paintings are about that.” The former financial manager started painting in the mid 1990s, and by 2000, the largely self-taught Pescott had quit to focus on painting. “It was the light in the morning,” Pescott says, of Alberta’s inspiration. “I really felt the colour was pulling me in.” When not in his “flexible studio,” Pescott is hiking, taking photographs and giving workshops.
Represented by: Mermaid’s Kiss, Gimli, MB; Harlekin Galleries, Calgary; Terra Cotta Dudes, Black Diamond, AB.