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He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.


Eugene Vandal


Born in 1950, Eugene grew up in the small town of Red Rock Ontario. He started painting at the age of ten after receiving a Grumbacher oil paint set as a birthday gift from his sister. Eugene only painted occasionally for the next twenty-five years, then in the fall of '85 he started painting on a regular basis after being inspired by an artist on television. His first exhibit with a local art group was a complete success, selling 11 of the 13 paintings that were displayed during a Christmas Showing.

His paintings are done mostly from photos and sketches taken by or drawn by Eugene himself. He now paints strictly in acrylics which he finds extremely versatile, suiting his realistic style. Every painting is done entirely by brush, in a technique he developed and improved upon over the years.

Usually there are only parts of a scene that actually move your inner spirit. These are the parts that Eugene concentrates on by enhancing the effects of colour, light and shadow.

Artist's Statement

For as long as I can remember I have always been drawn to the natural world, walking through the bush or climbing the hills in and around my hometown. It was during those times that I felt an inherent force compelling me to draw or paint what I saw.

I want to capture the realism of the natural world in all its beauty, painting only what initially stirred my artistic senses within a scene. By using my own photographs, they allow me to paint just what is important. I use my computer as a tool to crop or enhance some of my photos.

Using acrylic paints only, because of their quick drying nature, they allow me to work non-stop, applying layer after layer of paint, building and enhancing areas within the painting. They also allow me to quickly correct areas that I don't feel are working to my satisfaction.

I like the way a painting progresses, each application of paint building and complimenting the previous layer. During the development I will move away from the work and think about the next step and how I can bring it to it's full potential. When I find I can't improve on a piece any more, I know the painting is finished.

I enjoy listening to people's views and how my painting affects them. When people look at my finished work, I want them to feel like they are standing in the same spot the painting was done from. When this happens, I know I have portrayed to them what initially caught my eye.

Example Work

Beach Gems, Lake Superior

Dana Creek, Yosemite National Park

Winner of the Trout Unlimited Canada 2012 "Artist of the Year" award.