Connection to Nature: The Portfolio of Michael McEwing
New Brunswick painter and artist Michael McEwing uses his practice as a way to explore and express a connection to nature. The artist’s works are often inspired by hiking, kayaking, climbing, and other outdoor activities, and showcase an eye for detail and an appreciation for green space.
I really love the bright, lush aesthetic that Michael achieves in his paintings. The artist’s greens and blues, in particular, are highly saturated and almost more vibrant than life. In paintings of bodies of water, peaceful blue hues with crystalline highlights sit in sharp contrast to reddish Earth tones and green for foliage.
In our previous feature of Michael’s vibrant maritime landscapes, we looked at the way the artist captures vast expanses of nature, empty of any apparent human intervention. The idea of the artist immersing himself in these environments in order to capture the perfect viewpoint lends a further credence to the sense that viewing these paintings gets one closer to nature.