Separate worlds sharing light and space, are connected by the artistic vision of Jonn Einerssen.
Jonn Einerssen has studied light as his life’s work since he started to paint at the age of 21. The allure of wide open spaces where the imagination can wander as far as the eye can see, has been the dominant inspiration for Jonn’s golden prairie landscapes, mountain ranges and sunlit seascapes; the subjects and style he has become known for.
” Art is not a product of decoration, but a window into some place you have been, or want to go. Rather than limiting your space within the confines of a frame, art should expand your view,”says Einerssen.
Both privately and self taught, Einerssen has followed a successful, adventurous career as a self sustaining artist for over three decades, painting and exhibiting across the continent. Jonn spent many years on the west coast and living in the Rockies while establishing a fine arts career. He eventually settled in Kelowna, where his studio and gallery are currently located. Einerssen finds inspiration in his earlier years as a boy living on the prairies painting what he remembers seeing on the horizon of his childhood like the grain elevator. His pioneer spirit is kept alive because Jonn is compelled to document his experiences in his ever-popular landscape paintings.
Einerssen works almost exclusively in oils, layering glazes to create a translucent and harmonious play of light and color. While each painting is a bold, realistic interpretation, it begins with an impressionistic approach. The artist blocks in a painting from a feeling, a process that may take from several hours to a day. He then works other block-ins until the feelings subside, progressing to a technical approach, which puts the “feeling” into an intense, recognizable form.
Einerssen has been a long time participant in the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show. In 2017 Jonn was bestowed the honour of being inducted into the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Artists Hall of Fame.
“The power of nature is my expression. I identify with it strongly and it doesn’t limit me as an artist or as a person. If I want to express frustration, peace or turbulence, I can.”