Artist of the Month: Birgit Coath

 

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Birgit Coath in her studio

Birgit’s work is a manifestation of her personal journey.

“Ever since I realized that my experience of my world was a choice of how I interpreted my environment, I fought to see things in a unique and evaluative way. I questioned accepted logic and learned to create my own reality in the face of difficulties. From this evolved a desire to message my experience by way of writing, design, fashion, and by producing 2 dimensional art. I feel I have always lived within an ecosphere of creativity.”

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Dahlia Dream

When asked what her “style” of art is, Birgit told us:

“My style would be categorised as “realism”. I integrate other styles within the same painting to create effects that I am trying to achieve. For example, to incorporate the essence of infinity in the painting: “I think I can See Forever”  I let the petals of the flowers disappear into nothingness. Here I used the “non-subjective” to create the illusion of “forever”.  I am leaning toward using “expressionist” images to support the feeling that accompanies the central “realist” subject.”

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I Think I can See Forever

Birgit’s guiding thought for creating her art is,  “Paint with emotion and intelligence. Learn.  Love the process.”

Fascination with light and dark as well as architectural elements is evident in her subjects.  As well, a spiritual thread runs through her work.

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Bloomin’ Lovely

Clearly, her life’s experience is a great teacher and is her inspiration. To further her technical skills she has studied with the Vancouver Art Academy, and has been tutored by artists of note. Birgit is privileged to be coached by world renowned artist, Donna Zhang who has been the catalyst of a significant shift in the style and quality of her work. At the artist community of San Miguel de Allende she studied with Sam Seaman and Jonathon Williams. Here her work was influenced by the architecture, magical light and colors of that community.

“I have and have had many fellow artists and instructors. Learning has been an important factor in my development. No one has had a greater influence on my work than my current coach, the international master; Donna Zhang.”

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On Gossamer Wings

When asked what her ideal studio space would be, Birgit responded:

“I delight in my present space where I have lots of good light, space and room to show my work.”

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Magnolia

Birgit’s advice to an emerging artist is:

“It is easy to get lost in filling up a canvas. It is important to plan your work including drawing/perspective, values, color and composition. Ask yourself what draws you to the subject and then use technical skills to make it work.”

Currently, Birgit is happily ensconced in the prolific art community of central Vancouver Island, enjoying the natural and inspirational beauty of the Pacific Northwest in Canada.

“Presently I am in a place where I am still learning and wanting to explore more. Maybe I will mix it up some more by playing with the abstract. I aspire to finding works that make me nervous and challenge my skill.”

You can see more of Birgit’s work or contact her through her website: www.birgitcoath.com

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