New Art, Western Living Magazine And A New Year.

Happy New Year and all the best in 2015! Another eventful year planned ahead but first, a few highlights I would like to share that brought 2014 to its exciting end.

Go West! That’s right, I left Ontario in December and headed out to Whistler where I had a chance firsthand to really ‘get’ why Whistler is slated as one of Canada’s top destinations. Also visited Whistler Village Art Gallery, a preeminent gallery passionate about art (and home to most of my work!)

Paul Garbett - Whistler Village Art Gallery

Whistler Village Art Gallery

Check out the December 2014 issue of Western Living Magazine. One of my encaustic moose paintings is seen in the modern family cabin featured in the article.

An ultra-modern scandinavian designed cabin, gorgeous space.


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More updates to come as we begin approaching the spring season. In the meantime, here are two of my recent paintings.



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Art & Design. Illustrating For The Corporate Market.

mds_1 copyThe topic of what separates design and art can sometimes be convoluted and is quite often debated.

Designers and artists use what would be considered shared knowledge of sorts but often their approach for doing so is different.

Some designers consider themselves artists, but few artists consider themselves designers.

Part of my creative history involved working as an illustrator and designer many years ago. In order to stand out in what was a very competitive market, I developed an illustrative technique that appealed to many designers, design studios and agencies.

I did many illustrations for both the corporate and editorial market here in Canada and the United States. Many of these illustrations ended up in corporate art collections. The process involved the use of ultra violet light exposed to canvas. Here’s how it worked:

Nu Arc Plate MakerThe equipment I used was a Nu-Arc printer’s vacuum frame. It has a flip-top and uses a vacuum to pull the plate and negative against the glass, but rather than use a plate I would use canvas and colour keys instead of a negative. I would load it with the lid up, close the glass lid, turn on the vacuum, and when it would be pulled up to maximum vacuum (note the gauge that tells the vacuum), I would then flip it over and expose it using the timer. After exposure it would get flipped back, the vacuum then turned off, glass would then be opened and canvas removed.

TheNu-Arc printer uses carbon rods for an arc light for exposure. Once the canvas would be removed, chemicals would be applied to the canvas to develop the colour key. The canvas would be put back in the vacuum frame with a different colour key for another exposure. Different colour keys and oil stains would be used to achieve different effects.



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The Medium Of Encaustic As Described By Artist Paul Garbett.

2014-10-16 16.19.27I’ve had several people ask me about the medium of encaustic, its properties and more importantly the process and approach I use when it comes to painting. Here I’ve decided to describe (in a somewhat paired down way) my four step process using one of my paintings as an example.

Step 1:

I build my panels out of birch and oak. Sometimes I glue canvas to the panel but in most cases I prepare the panel with 4-6 layers of wax, pigmented with white oil paint. Each layer is fused to the next, often scraping in between to achieve a desirable texture.

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I then rough in the sketch using graphite.

Step 3:

I begin mixing colour with oil and melted wax. The percentage of oil to wax can vary depending on the level of opacity I need. Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.17.12 AMTypically I will use 30% oil to 70% wax. The wax I use is microcrystalline because of its plasticity. I lay in the colour based on a rough value plan.

Step 4: 

The final stage utilizes different tools to apply large areas of colour, sometimes thin layers, often many thick layers, but all the while I’m fine tuning the image. The final painting does not require a preservative coating. Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.17.20 AM

There really isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ model from concept to completion however, each project does utilize the four steps I’ve outlined (in varying degrees if and when necessary).

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Artistic Content, Transitioning Naturally & Passionately.

1paulThe more I do, the more driven I get. I left the faster paced day to day behind but still maintain a disciplined approach to my work and work ethic.

I’ve been painting landscapes for several years, transitioning naturally toward wildlife and exploring human subjects to a greater degree. My stylistic journey begins with the influence of impressionism and tonalism  with several incredible artists coming into play in terms of my influencers over time.

Here I’ve decided to highlight a few that have been enormously inspirational.

James Wilson Morrice

Old Holton House - Montreal - 1908-09

Old Holton House – Montreal

Born in Montreal, he studied law in Toronto from 1882-1889 and decided to study painting in England shortly afterwards. Morrice then left for Paris but spent most of his winters in Canada. Morrice’s

Port De Venise

Port De Venise

paintings at first were inspired by Whistler. He also went through a period called ‘Caribbean’ where most of his works from this time were considered his best.


Edgar Degas

Dancers In Pink

Dancers In Pink

Edgar Degas was one of the founders of Impressionism but preferred to be called a realist. He identified with the subject of the dance. His portraits are considered to be among the finest in the history of art.

The Ballet Rehearsal On Stage

The Ballet Rehearsal On Stage





Alex Kanevsky

Dancing In Dukla

Dancing In Dukla

Alex was born in Russia and went to the United States in 1983 with his family settling in Philadelphia where he later studied and graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. When asked how he mixes colour, this is what he had to say:

Dark Horse With Partial Rider

Dark Horse With Partial Rider

‘I try to arrive at canvas (actually, more often board) with a colour already well mixed. Then I can see it clearly for what it is. If I am not satisfied with it I will continue to change it, but always by working into it something already mixed. The less you push around the colour already on canvass, the fresher it looks. If I can’t get what I want after one or two attempts, I return to it when it is dry. Keeps things fresh.’ (interview by George Walker)

Much like these artists who have enriched the lives of many, the enjoyment I get out of painting and sculpting for people is the idea that I’m enriching their lives also.

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Capturing Snapshots Of Life & The Influence Of Nature.

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Nature has always played a vital role in creative expression. Whether this is realized on a conscious level or remains unidentified because it sits in our subconscious, nature influences how we interpret the world around us. It’s one of the few things that can truly tap into all of our senses at once.


Canoeing in Muskoka.

In turn, the art we create from nature’s immense inspiration carves us on a personal level and sharpens our cultural identity. Its power and beauty can forever ingrain us.

Nature can help us to:

  • Ground us
  • Renew our energy
  • Cultivate clarity in mind and soul
  • Inspire


    Beautiful rapids in Muskoka.

  • Awaken & Enliven
  • Remind us of what is important in our lives
  • Breathe
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Paul Garbett

Often, depending on where we sit on our ‘life scale’, we’re not able to truly ‘see’ our surroundings. Through art, I try to call attention to what life often doesn’t OR rather what we’re not registering at any given time throughout our journey. Nature inspires me, human nature captivates me. Through painting, I attempt to capture the true essence of anything that stirs the soul.


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Art, Northern Inspiration, Painting & The Canadian Experience.

Whistler Moose

Whistler Moose

Encaustic is a wax based paint composed of beeswax, resin and pigment which is kept molten on a heated palette. Encaustic is as versatile as any 21st century medium. The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint. It can be polished to a high gloss, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, etc.

Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass because encaustic works as is its own protector. This is because beeswax is impervious to moisture, a major cause of deterioration in a paint film. Wax resists moisture far more than resin varnish or oil and buffing encaustic gives luster and saturation to colour in just the same way resin varnish does.

Artist Paul Garbett lives through the process of painting and sculpting and has chosen the medium of encaustic. He currently focuses on large landscape and animal paintings and uses both oil AND encaustic mediums on canvas and wood panels.

‘Although my painting is presently focused on the Canadian experience here in the north, I’m not satisfied with just this direction and need to dive deeper into what the Canadian experience encompasses,’ says Garbett.

Time Past

Time Past

Muskoka being where he currently lives has also provided him a myriad of creative inspiration. From 1971 until 2003, Garbett’s family had a cottage on Wilson’s Island on Lake Muskoka where he spent his childhood summers. Living in Muskoka has given him an even deeper perspective on the Canadian experience.

‘I love winters here in Muskoka, I think they are spectacular and are great to paint,’ states Garbett.

Garbett, a member of Muskoka Arts and Crafts works out of his custom built studio in his home.

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Artist Paul Garbett Working Within The Unique Medium Of Encaustic

This is my first blog posting – happily ramping up my digital existence and excited about introducing and showing my work to new audiences online.

Upcoming show announcements and other news to come!!

Check often for news, updates and new paintings. For starters, here’s ‘Whistler Bear’

Whistler Bear Encaustic Painting


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