Art Classes at Artopia
with Professional Artist David N Kitler:
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, David Kitler's appreciation of nature began in his youth, as he explored the Canadian outdoors. Once he realized that the whole world was only a plane trip away, David embarked on longer reference gathering trips to places such as Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, India, Brazil, Panama, and Costa Rica, as well as through most of the U.S.A. and Alaska. In the meantime, David taught himself to draw and paint, experimenting with a variety of media and techniques.
When painting, David has two primary objectives: to bring the "wild" within reach of those who have not had the opportunity to experience it for themselves, and to provide a permanent reminder to those who have.
David has always been intrigued by nature's intricate details. As he likes to point out, "God is an amazing designer. The closer you look, the more there is to see…" It is this intricacy, combined with the subtleties of mood and environment, that David attempts to capture in his paintings.
"For me, there are four main steps in creating a piece of art. The first step, the idea, is the most important and also the hardest one."
The ideas for David's paintings are the result of his experiences with his subjects. Some people write their experiences in a journal; David paints them. Because accuracy and integrity in the depiction of wildlife are of primary importance to him, David travels to where his subjects live. His observations go beyond appearance, proportion, light, and colour, to the animal's behaviour and interactions within its natural habitat. While there, he also gathers as much reference as possible, from actual specimens (fallen feathers, fur, grasses, etc.), to photographs and slides. Back in the studio, David will sift through the references he has gathered, re-living the experience, and deciding which story he wants to tell at that particular time.
"In the second step, drawing, all my observations, sketches, specimens, slides, and photographs, must converge into an accurate, yet meaningful image. The third step, the actual painting of the piece, is an easier one. The last step, the signature, is my final stamp of approval."
People are often told to "stop and smell the roses." As a visual artist, David uses his work to remind us to stop and "look" at the beauty that surrounds us
David's classes are available at Artopia
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
9:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 9:00pm
For information, call Artopia Studios at 403-238-5055
plus you can watch his classes through our massive window from our front studio.