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Observational Painting by Bryan Coombes

A painting of a modern train in a rural areaBC on Rails, oil on canvas

Bryan Coombes has experience as a commercial pilot, a mountaineer, and a photographer. All these experiences inform his observational painting practice, where Bryan depicts Canadian landscapes, trains, highways and urban scenes with beautiful lighting and detail.


A blue-toned painting of a float plane on waterDe Havilland Beaver Blue, oil on canvas

I like the way Bryan puts a small description under each of the works on his portfolio, noting his interest in the subject, or other details about the work. It’s a nice personal look into the artist’s process. Bryan’s paintings have just the right amount of softness to them, and are never overworked. I’m especially drawn to the deep green shades he uses in his landscape and nature works.


A screen capture of the front page of Brian Coombes' websiteThe front page of Bryan's website

In his gallery of watercolours and location paintings, I recognize some Vancouver streets and British Columbia landmarks. Byan is great at translating recognizable visible features into the painted medium. Brian has also done commissioned work for various customers, and offers different framing options for purchases. 


An oil painting of a city streetUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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