John Steil

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I enjoy the outdoors and spend a lot of time there; so the landscapes where I travel, wander, and hike were an early source of inspiration. I started to draw in order to better understand what I was seeing, to make myself more observant. I also wanted to remind myself of what I saw and to share these places. It is respect for the places that hosted, humbled, and awed me. Most of my landscapes are drawn on paper with watercolour crayons--I fell in love with the vividness and blending ability of watercolour crayons even though they are very time-consuming.

I now explore other techniques, particularly acrylics, linocuts, and collage. With acrylics, I did a series of birds in trees, from the shy nuthatch to the noisy crow. With small linocuts, I illustrated a poem, 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird' by Wallace Stevens, and illustrated a series of haiku I’ve written. Most recently, I've focused on two projects--one is painting on a series of world globes and the other is creating chap books about what I come across in the world around me. 

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I am also a community planning consultant who has worked throughout Western and Northern Canada. After growing up at the northern edge of the prairies, I now live in Vancouver at the vortex of Railtown, Chinatown, Gastown, Downtown Eastside and the port. I hike, bike, bird, and play defense at Saturday morning hockey.

john@johnsteil.com or by phone at 604-816-JOHN (5646)

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