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Engaged with and aware of the extensive history of Canadian landscape painting, Rod Charlesworth is committed to providing his viewers with a refreshing, often celebratory approach to the landscape. His work consciously comments on beauty and the ephemeral within the landscape, done so in a manner of mark making which is unique to his visual vocabulary. "I must say that if I had waited for a bright shaft of light to awaken my artistic senses and stir me to create, I would probably have created nothing. What initially inspired me to paint was how we all see the world differently. I wanted to strike my own visual language that could be used to portray the Canadian landscape in all of its rugged subtleties."
Although the places depicted, for the most part are within Canada, Rod hopes that viewers engage with the work not only in terms of place, but in formal terms with regards to paint materiality and mark making.
Rod’s work is collected worldwide and he is committed to painting images that have a strong Canadian cultural influence, whether this is expressed through his bold landscapes or his whimsical images of children at play