Brian LaSaga

Home: St. George’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Media: Acrylic on panel
Dimensions: 55.2 x 70.4 cm

Artist Statement

This portrait depicts my better half. Olive has always had a mysterious look ever since she was a little girl. Even today she loves Halloween, the colour black and considers herself a witch, and this is exactly how I wanted to portray her. She is a very spiritual being with a great deal of patience. Although she has multiple sclerosis and lives with it everyday, she has never once complained about it. I love her eyes, hair and facial structure and I wanted to capture this beauty and simplicity of Olive in her element in this October moment portrait.

“Nature is my muse and inspiration simply because of her endless subject matter and surprises. This collaboration offers me something I never even thought of. Although I prefer to paint nature themes, weathered objects and rural settings, I’m open to other things that may catch my eye. As an artist, I feel that I’m just a work in progress, and there is always something to learn. Exploring and collecting material for paintings is a great adventure for me, and always a thrill to wonder what’s around the bend or beyond that ridge. I like to create a sense of place that is somewhere but nowhere in particular. I hope each and every viewer sees and takes something a little different from my work and has an experience rather than just be viewing a picture. My goal is not to paint life, but to paint life into my work and create an emotional connection that I hope will inspire my viewers.”