Artist Statement

Boldly beautiful, vibrant in nature

Each painting by Tina Monod gives viewers and collectors art that is vibrant in nature. Here is our Artist Statement to share those artistic impressions.

Artist Statement, Tina Monod

Those who enjoy my artwork know that when adventure calls, there is no greater place to be than on a journey. What begins on foot with the west coast trails in British Columbia; panoramic views of the Okanagan; and well travelled hiking trails around Banff and Jasper never stops inspiring. When rendering mountains and valleys I am tracing the graceful lines of ascent and descent. Water has also been a strong element in my work reflecting the wild beauty of surroundings in a strong and peaceful way. People are drawn to my fluid style of expressionism and impressionism. This is the emotion on my brush.

Most of my artwork begins photographing nature and ends with acrylic paint on gallery canvas. Personal Journeys are an important part of my work. From the west coast to the Canadian Rockies, every path I explore is a traverse into the unknown. There is a progression with both exploring and adventuring that is a true joy to photograph and capture with paint. I am a storyteller and enjoy producing visual stories in living colour. Versatile in painting with oils and watercolors, I borrow many of these techniques to make my acrylic paintings fresh and full of energy. Movement, light and layering these with colour are a playful part of my work.

When creating with acrylic paint I will begin with an underpainting and allow this base colour to be integral in my process. For paintings on wood panel the base colour and edge is black, and for paintings on canvas a warm earth tone is the base and edge colour. My landscapes begin with a sky that is atmospheric allowing for clouds to break up and disperse. Sometimes the cloud composition with gather and grow. My nocturne paintings reveal stars that shine in the luminous night. Working in sections, each painting is a process of layers which fill in the mountain peaks and forested valley below, establishing both elevation and tree line. With this the trails and bodies of water are carved out. My expressionistic brush strokes remind many of painters like Van Gogh and the Group of Seven.

Shaping with strong lines comes from how I see nature and having worked in the medium of glass sculpture. As such many of the artists whom I have known and were personally influenced by are the sculptors Bill Reid and Dale Chihuly. As a painter the artists whom I have also known and am influenced by are Jack Shadbolt and Edward Goodall. Both were mentors. The post-impressionist art of Odilon Redon always intrigues me and I like how he experimented with colour. The process of painting layers in a way that allows transparencies and subtle light changes I find most fascinating with Andrew C. Wyeth. The bold and soft colour palettes of Georgia O’Keeffe inspire me often, whether I am painting, or teaching. Mostly I am inspired by the plein air landscape artist Jack A. Monod, my grandfather.