Artist’s Inspiration: Daren Lin

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We invited local artists to respond to the theme From Coast to Coast to Coast as part of our Wall of Art series, a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council. The submissions received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the theme. For this blog series, we asked the artists to share their inspiration and the story that their piece tells.


Daren LinRock Lake, Daren Lin
Rock Lake
Oil on Canvas

I mostly paint oil landscapes with a decisive and expressive impasto style. I go on a yearly fall backcountry camping trip with a group of friends. This large oil painting is developed from a watercolour sketch done during my most recent trip in Algonquin. The Canadian Shield, the canoe, the rugged beauty of the vast open wilderness, and the landscape painting — these are some of my favourite Canadian things. That’s why in my dry bag, next to my Leatherman, I carry a paintbrush.

Rock Lake is on display at the Guelph Civic Museum until April 9.

Posted by Sarah Ball on January 30, 2017

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