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KJELL VALESTRAND 

Bio

Colour for me is very important in creating my images. I live on a hillside on beautiful Thetis Island. My house overlooks the Salish Sea and the Gulf Islands. The sea's currents and whirlpools glitter with reflective sunshine.  on windy days the sea is decorated with frothy white caps... I view a big blue sky and interesting cloud formations. There is always a variety of birds flying above.  On clear nights the sky displays awesome moon shows and brilliant constellations. Thetis Island is a very inspirational place to paint.     

Technique  

When I begin a painting I first create an ambient background using acrylic spray paints. Next I use small paint rollers or throw paint to create repetitive shapes and a sense of movement. Lastly, I use acrylic pens to emphasize and connect the shapes. At this point the images start to tell me what to do next. I see creatures in the shapes. I turn the shapes into fish, snakes. birds and frogs, etc. The shapes also evoke stories that I have read in years past. I am a fan of Greek mythology. You will see these influences in my work.

I display my paintings on Instagram @kjellvalestrand 
You can also visit my studio on Thetis Island.

Email Kjell at: valestrands@gmail.com

Mockups by AB. 

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