BIO David Shkolny grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1992). He has been teaching painting and drawing since 2001. David’s artwork is in collections across Europe and North America as well as the Canada Council. Recent public commissions include a painting for Fort Saskatchewan City Hall as well as a pastel for the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. ARTIST STATEMENT I see the Alberta landscape as a vast canvas that begs exploration and contemplation. The best way for me to do this is to be pulled into the painting by the medium and trust the process as it is revealed to me. I enjoy creating intimate, atmospheric, and at times, mysterious landscapes that encourage reflection through space, texture, colour and form. I am influenced in my artwork by past luminaries in painting and drawing such as John Singer Sargent, Milton Avery, Edgar Degas, and in a more contemporary manner by artists like Peter Doig.