Texture and color on canvas in Vail | VailDaily.com

Texture and color on canvas in Vail

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO COlorado
Special to the Daily"Lush," by Christian Dore. This painting, along with other work by Dore, is on display at Artful Sol Gallery in Vail, Colorado. Dore will be at the gallery for an artist reception from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

VAIL, Colorado “-Style wise, U.K. native Christian Dore ” who will host an artist reception in Vail, Colorado Saturday “-might be a modern-day Gustav Klimt. The bright colors, distinct textures and abstract forms in his work lend a Klimt-like feel to some pieces, and though Dore has heard the comparison before, he is modest about it.

“I know that I am not in the same league,” he said.

He does, however, name Klimt as an artist he’d like to have had the chance to meet ” him along with Van Gogh, Pollock and Klee.

“I know the initial introduction would certainly be ‘do you fancy a pint?'”

Dore’s artistic career began at the BBC in London where he was a graphic designer. Since moving to Colorado 10 years ago ((he lives in the Denver foothills with his wife and 1-year-old daughter, Poppy), his artistic focus has turned to painting, driven in part by Colorado’s colorful landscape.

He starts by sketching a scene and then, using paint and other media, works a painting over and over, building intense color and textures into each piece. Dore is visiting Artful Sol Gallery in Vail Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will have a chance to view nine of his paintings.

The artist: “I’ve been painting my entire life ” I don’t think I came to a point when I knew I wanted to be an artist … it just happened. The life that I have led has pushed me in this direction to create my present surroundings while still capturing my life experiences from a young boy.”

The medium: Dore paints with acrylics on canvas. “I get a lot of comments about the texture in my pieces. Some positive and some negative and although some people think it is just chucked on, there is actually meaning behind the way the texture is built on to the canvas. I try to evoke movement, my personality and how I feel at the time. Most important of all, I want to draw the viewer in to touch the piece as if wanting to be part of the artistic process.”

The process: Dore paints what he remembers, not what he sees, he said. “I’ve been painting all my life but moving to Colorado with the extreme seasons and color truly enhanced the start of my artistic journey … I can honestly say that this state has enlightened my passion to paint. Every painting is a different experience. Some days the paint flows effortlessly and other days it can be very frustrating, but ultimately they all end up with their own character and expression.”

The inspiration: “I only have to step outside of my home and I am completely inspired by the trees that surround me. There is a comfort level that I feel is reached by everybody when they are in certain situations or places ” even if I travel abroad I find myself in these surroundings. It is that overwhelming comfort level that I try to express in my paintings. It is that place of utter calm.”

On satisfaction: “I never feel completely satisfied with work that I finish but I do have paintings that I’m drawn too. Presently, ‘Into the Light’ means a lot to me as I painted it after my dog passed away at the end of last year. Painting this piece helped me get through the pain of losing my best friend. It is an incredibly uplifting piece to me, one I feel has healing qualities. I still haven’t decided whether I can actually go through with selling it but it is one of those pieces I feel that people should view to witness their reaction.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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