John Lighfoot, a local artist from Mississauga, Ontario started in the creative field with a small studio producing graphic design, art direction and illustration for corporate clients. He has recently expanded into fine art painting.
Painting for me is a visceral reaction to the constraints imposed by the commercial, digital world as a designer and illustrator. I want to immerse myself in colour, texture, and form, feeling the paint mixing and coming to life. In this way, I hope to apply some of myself to the canvas.
These works contain all of what I paint for, including interesting characters and their interactions. Bold colours, jewel-toned hues and dramatic light quality using techniques of back-painting, under-painting and complex layering of colour.
I am not so concerned with the details of a particular image but, instead, the overall expression and emotions.