Rich’s work is relatable, insightful and can go from loose and droll to grown up serious before the ink even has a chance to dry. Aside from what Rich’s ideas make us think and feel and want, we like the fact that there’s an actual concept that veraciously guides him through whatever little bit of Canadiana that he’s narrating at that given time. Sometimes it’s a painting. Other times it’s a lithograph or an illustration. He moves slowly, assuredly, wildly... on the days when he has no idea where he’s going – that’s when we really, really like him.
Profile illustration by Mark Gervais
From a series of ink landscapes currently in progress.
Currently working with the Calgary team of Own the Podium,
I have been tasked with updating the branding and messaging of several of their key initiatives. Our first project, SPIN Summit, was completed this spring. The new logo along with brand standards have been approved, with final sign off the main site will be updated by the Ottawa team while our next branding projects will cover all presentation and marketing requirements for the September event.
With a mandate to lead the development of Canadian sports to achieve sustainable podium performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Own the Podium
allows me to combine my passions of design and sport.
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An atlas is often a gateway for imagining, pages with rich visual insights into the earth's creation, solar systems, time, populations and maps of distant lands. The Contents page of Dent’s, Canadian School Atlas
boldly titled THE SUPPLEMENT - IN 2 COLOURS
, was unconvincing, it seemed to offer no platform for imagining and I promptly began scanning the pages for an initial overview. I was suddenly captivated, three illustrations titled Geographic Terms and Symbols S5
, black and white gems illustrated such dense content in such a pragmatic way. The terms and visual solution engaged me immediately, allowing limitless room for imagining, the triptych of landforms served as a framework for creating the paintings in this series.
Dent’s. Canadian School Atlas
. Toronto ON: J.M. Dent & Sons (Canada) Limited, 1965
I began to hike,visit and explore the terms illustrated in the maps, exploration of them included documentation through photos and sketches, engagement within the changing weather, time and the tactile nature of each place. The process then required a period of distance and removal, in recalling and re-imagining fresh, the interpretations reveal my impressions and definition.
• illuminated manuscript
• Book of Hours
• landscape painting traditions
• allow connection points to merge
• central themes materialize
• intuition and integration
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Snapshots captured in my travels of India, the many influences of henna hands and honeymoons.
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Personal art book, using myth to shape future visions.
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