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The Painting Portfolio of Gary Doll

A painting of a pathway through a meadowMission Creek #2, oil on canvas board

Gary Doll is a painter based in Kelowna, BC. In his studio practice, Gary produces gestural, impressionistic paintings of the landscape around his home and throughout British Columbia, with many of the works depicting mountains, trees, and bodies of water.

A painting of a treed peninsula in a lakeMaligne Lake -- Alberta, oil on canvas


I like the way Gary employs highly visible brush marks to lend each work a unique, distinctive style. The artist layers small brush marks to produce an effect that’s part impressionism, part pointillism. Some works lean into an aesthetic that hearkens to Van Gogh or Claude Monet.

The front page of Gary Doll's art portfolio


The artist’s abstract paintings take a different approach to paint layering -- in these works, pigment is scraped across the canvas surface with what looks like a palette knife or a similar implement. The resulting works are built up of long, ragged lines that sometimes hint at landscape elements and other times serve to emphasize the materiality and presence of pure paint.

An abstract painting made with scraped lines of colourScrape -- Lightning Strike, oil on canvas

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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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