The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was founded in 1941 by a group of Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven luminary, Lawren Harris. The FCA continues to operate as a registered not for profit society with members throughout the world and Chapters in Western Canada. The FCA is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of knowledge and achievement by offering what is believed to be the first completely artists sponsored gallery in Canada.
I currently have a marketable inventory of acrylic paintings and coloured pencil and ink work, some of which is already framed. You can e-mail me to discover the cost of any individual work.
I work from 8 x 10 inch prints mainly from photographs I have taken during my travels. Although I have used photos taken by others, normally I have experienced the warmth of the sun on a log or the murmuring of a creek as it slowly unthaws. I try to create an accurate scale of what I am seeing while still retaining some artistic licence in colour and composition.
I create wilderness art that invites you to experience the same thoughts and feelings that prompt me to paint. I would like you to wonder what's around the bend in a path or over the next hill.
I paint using acrylics on canvas and wood to capture the photorealistic truth of what I see. I use a variety of techniques and styles of composition to achieve the desired results and normally build fine layers of paint until I have accomplished my objectives.
I create representational work that is photo-derived but with as many changes that reflect what I want to present to the viewer. Along the way, I have studied and been influenced by Coleville and Bateman and some of the great Russian landscape artists Shishkin and Levitan. My approach of creating very detailed, photorealistic work gives me the satisfaction of crafting something unique.
With few exceptions, I have stood on the sites of my paintings and felt the warmth of the sun or the coolness of the deep shade. I endeavour to enable you to feel the same things from my paintings ......... I just use smaller brushes to get there.
Ken Nash was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and has created art for fifty years using a variety of mediums including ink, coloured pencil and acrylics on paper, wood and canvas. Inspired by the beauty of the valley around him, he started painting when he was eight years old and over time developed the techniques that he applies today. His work can now be descibed in the genre of photorealism and is an excellent conduit to reflect the beauty of the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada, and other parts of the world.
For most of his career, he focused on commissioned work and continues to provide clients with an opportunity to have his beautiful art hanging on their walls. As an example, Ken completed a corporate commission earlier in 2015 for a government agency for their boardroom in Vancouver. He also exhibits his work throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, other parts of B.C., and is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA).
In the past five years, he has had a number of solo and group juried exhibitions including, involvement for several years with the Langley Studio Tour, the Fraser Valley Biennale, a joint exhibition at the Newton Cultural Centre, a solo exhibition with the Langley Art Council at Langley City Hall, exhibitions with the Delta Art Council, and an exhibition for the TNSC Open Show in Kamloops, and many exhibitions sponsored by the FCA at their gallery on Granville Island. In 2011, he was recognized as an award winning artist by the FCA at the Annual International Representational Show.
His work can also be viewed at Gallery 204 in Langley (southeast corner of 204 and Douglas) where his work has resided since September 2015.
Please wander along the trails and across the valleys until you come to rest by a stream. Feel free to stay a while and absorb the moment. When you leave, remember how you got here and come again whenever you need a break.
See my work and that of other featured artists in September 2017 at the Glass House Estate Winery
Although I had a second career, over the course of that time, I undertook commissioned paintings in order to maintain my skills and to keep a presence in the art world. I value the opportunity to create a painting that reflects the end results desired by the client. My work is photorealistic however I believe that I still offer enough self-interpretation that one still sees a painting. For a landscape, I take the time to research the geography of the area, the type of trees and vegetation that are common to the region and the type of detail exhibited in the leaf structure or foliage. This work enables me to grasp a feeling for the area that may or may not be reflected in the reference photo.
My draft sketch is also a careful scale representation of the subject based on the dimensions of the support. Research and sketching may take me two weeks or more until I’m satisfied that I’m now ready to begin painting. At this point, I will consult with the client to ensure that I have captured the subject as intended. I also ask for 30% of the total agreed price (non-refundable) up front, to cover the cost of materials and the time committed to research. A month in, I will again consult with the client for feedback and, contrary to a view that an artist is tied to their personal creative impulse, I do respond constructively to feedback. Time to completion varies but, as an example, a 30” x 40” acrylic painting normally takes me two and a half to three months to complete. Payment in full is contingent on the complete satisfaction of the client. If this is not the case, I keep the painting and I will retain the 30% to cover costs.