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Brad Hillis ~ Fine Art Originals

I began painting with oils in the early 1980’s and because the turpentine's bothered my nose, eyes and skin I stopped painting in 1985. I tried pastels and watercolors but could not create the same bright effects as well as I had with oils. I started painting again, with acrylics, in the fall of 2005 and have been using that medium ever since. I retired and moved to the Okanagan in 2006 and am now painting full time.

I am an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and my work is available at the Okanagan Art Gallery in Osoyoos and can be seen at various shows throughout the Okanagan Valley.


I have often been asked where the inspiration for a painting comes from and I don’t have a simple answer. I sometimes do sketches of things or shapes that pop up in my head and transfer these images to canvas.
Other times I see something in the real world that I think would be interesting to paint. Then again other times I just slap paint to canvas.

I never paint one piece at a time; I always have three or more pieces being worked on at the same time, sometime up to eight pieces. In all cases after I start a piece it evolves as I paint. As I work on each piece I will paint for a while then let the paint dry and go on to another piece.

Each time I pick up a different piece I see something else in the painting that I want to create. Perhaps sub-consciously some images from the last painting linger in my mind and mingle with the image of the painting in front of me although the changes I keep making as the paintings evolve do not seem to have an interconnecting theme. Or, perhaps sub-consciously one image lets my mind come up with other alternatives that are transferred to the canvas. Then again maybe my mind just wanders around aimlessly coming up with random images.

Whatever the process is, the end result often has images imbedded in the painting that I don’t remember consciously creating and the finished work, most times, is not what the original vision was.

Creativity can display itself in many ways. It can recreate an existing person, place or thing or it can present something to the visual senses that did not exist before, either way it creates emotion.

If a painting makes one stop and look, creates emotion, and asks to be looked upon again, it has served its purpose. If the painting makes you think and/or it makes you feel good, it has become a creative piece.

Brad Hillis