Meadowlark Nature Festival is pleased to announce Skyler Punnett as our 2018 Featured Artist. Born in Penticton, Skyler has been a commercial artist for the last 10 years, working as an illustrator, storyboard artist and art director in a variety of media including animation, mobile gaming and traditional illustration. Skyler’s style combines figurative work with organic, flowing, natural subject matter. We are proud to showcase his piece entitled,Meadowlark, in our 2018 promotional material including our poster, advertisements, t-shirts and on the cover of our program guide.
For Meadowlark I wanted to highlight the bird’s connection to the land and the interconnected web of life that it is a part of. The tall grasses hide the Meadowlark, Big Sage provided shelter from the summer sun and a myriad of insects roam the undergrowth for the birds to prey on. The composition is intended to evoke the whirling interconnectedness of the grasslands, while the stark, simplified colour scheme highlights the flash of colour the Meadowlark lends to the landscape in the dry summer months.
An exhibition of Skyler’s work, including “Meadowlark” will be on display at the Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way from May 18th to June 17th. Join him for an opening night reception of In Sense at the Gallery on Friday May 18th at 7pm.
In Sense is a collection of works created upon Skyler Punnett’s return home to Penticton after 10 years living on the coast. The subject matter is comprised of the natural flora and fauna of the Okanagan, while the spirit strives to address the differing and often conflicting emotional connections one experiences to home. From reverence to revulsion, home has many forms and flavours, especially after time spent away.
On Saturday May 19th from 1pm to 2pm at the Penticton Art Gallery Skyler will be giving a special talk on his exhibition In Sense. See Tour 55 for details. Click here for details.