Growing up in Toronto I spent much of my time sketching and writing as a means of communication, expression, release and self-exploration! After struggling for years as a self-taught artist, I received formal art training in a two-year Fine Arts course at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario, graduating with Distinction in 1990. I have worked in a variety of mediums including acrylics, oils, graphite, pastels, clay and conte.
From Michelangelo to Escher, I have been inspired to embrace the rules of artistic realism and gone beyond them with Dali-nian and Escher-esk influences. I often find myself immersed in the details of my images as I strive to present work that challenge the viewer to look more closely. I am inspired by natural cycles, inter-dependency and unlimited boundaries, often merging man-made images with organic forms: nature builds, man destroys, nature comes back. How intertwined are we? How does one influence the other? How vulnerable, frail or determined are human beings when up against such a force? How interdependent are we on each other? History shows us that man will come-and-go but nature endures. Who will be the last one standing?
My imagination is fed by actual forms found in the world around us. There are amazing, beautiful and shocking creations in nature that constantly surprise, allowing me to express myself, infuse my experiences and beliefs, touch on the sensuality of humans and nature while demanding that I look closer. As with all things I am constantly evolving, I hope my work stimulates emotions and inspires others.
~M. T. Rivers~