2016 Featured Artist - Juve Furtado
Meadowlark Nature Festival is pleased to announce Juve Furtado as our 2016 Featured Artist. Juve resides in Vernon, BC and is an AFCA member of The Federation of Canadian Artists and Okanagan Artists of Canada. He has participated in many FCA juried shows, Lake Country’s Annual Art Walk and the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase. His art is in private collections in Canada and the U.S. We are proud to showcase his piece entitled, Morning Song, in this year’s promotional material including our poster, advertisements, t-shirts and on the cover of our program guide.
I have always been drawn to the beauty of nature’s seasonal landscapes and wildlife. These are the images that I love to capture and enjoy painting. My painting style is contemporary realism with impressionistic backgrounds. My preferred medium is watercolour, which I love for the transparency, spontaneity and beautiful glazing that can be achieved on watercolor paper. I use both the direct painting method as well as watercolor pouring. Both these techniques allow me to create the many wonderful variations of light, color and texture that I find in nature. My objective is to share a special moment in time, a scene that inspired me to paint. The greatest reward is to see my work connect, draw in, and resonate with the viewer in a meaningful way.
When I think of the Meadowlark, I think of its song. It’s the morning song I hope to hear when I venture out to enjoy a nature hike. In the painting ‘Morning Song’, I wanted to capture the meadowlark doing what he does best – pausing to entertain us with his song. He reminds us all to listen and take time to appreciate the wonderful sounds of nature.
– Juve Furtado