Born in Ashford, Kent, U.K., in 1958, Clive Powsey is a watercolour artist whose favourite subjects are the landscapes he sees while hiking, mountain climbing or driving. Clive studied drawing, painting and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1980. He lived in Florence, Italy during the final year of this program. Clive also worked in animated film and television from 1985 to 2008 with screen credits as an art director and background artist/stylist. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Clive admires the dramatic paintings of nineteenth century landscape artists. A resident of Vancouver Island, Clive strives to capture the feeling he experiences in nature. “I’m trying … to create my own drama as witnessed on hikes and climbs, drives, ferry rides; even glimpses from an upstairs window... Vapours, atmosphere, light, shadow, mountains, glaciers, tumbling and falling water, vast stretches of ocean scattered with islands – it’s all here..”
Clive finds watercolour is the ideal medium to create the paintings he feels best capture the spectacular scenery and dramatic light of Vancouver Island. His paintings are a combination of his observations, memories, and imagination. “For both the artist and viewer, my paintings are less about a place … and more about the place.”
Clive Powsey paintings are in private and corporate collections, including IBM Canada, McCain Foods, HSBC Asset Management and Gibraltar Solutions.