William Phillip Watt
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About The Artist
I was born in Banff Alberta, grew up in Surrey B.C. and finished high school on Vancouver Island. I grew up with art not far away as my mother (Frances Harris) was making designs for the family business and landscape paintings for the fine art world. She continues to be an inspiration and her love of the B.C. landscape is, I hope, sometimes reflected in my work.
Pursuing art in post secondary education I attended the Kootenay School of Art and graduated with a BFA from Notre Dame University of Nelson in 1976.
I have explored various art avenues such as printmaking, photography, screen printing and drawing but became more focused on landscape painting with acrylics in the last ten years. I try to express a straight forward visual language in my paintings, shortcutting to an emotional response. This is an ongoing process building on the usual experimentation of substrates, colour, texture, composition and subject matter to strike that chord we can relate to. It’s never ending and ever changing.
Regarding subject matter, the B.C. landscape has so much to offer and I am continually amazed at the variety of material that is available from traveling through the province, by area and by season. I am always trying to view the scene as the pristine environment unaltered by the human machine that could be grinding away just outside the edges of the canvas.
I hope my work connects me to those viewers who likewise see the value of the wild space we all share.