Destanne Norris  

Wellsian Eight – Acrylic, charcoal, and graphite on paper


“The painted drawing (as I refer to this series) entitled, Wellsian Eight, is acrylic, charcoal and graphite on paper. It was made while I attended The Tony Onley Artist Project in Wells, B.C. in the summer of 2019.My intention was to intuitively respond to the shapes and marks on the paper. The energetic, frenetic movement in both mountain forms and sky, and the in descript forms coming from above, led me to think and comment that these painted drawings were like “the things we do not see”. Five months later. Covid-19. The things we did not see.”

Destanne Norris is a professional artist who holds a BFA (Honours) degree in painting and drawing from the University of Victoria in Canada, and an MFA degree from the University of Tasmania in Australia. Destanne’s passion for natural environments and the elements are the source of her artistic inspiration. Landscape and place, metaphor and symbol, embodiment and consciousness are some of her research interests. An overarching theme in her landscape painting is the mirroring of ‘inscape’ and ‘landscape’.

Destanne’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and nationally in Public, University and Artist-Run Galleries. Her work can be found in numerous private collections around the world and in corporate collections, as well as being in the permanent collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Penticton Art Gallery.

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