|Artist / Creator||Rod Sawatsky|
|Place of Publication||Canby, OR|
|Author of Text||Mark Twain|
|Medium / Materials||Stretched canvas painting. Mediums: gesso, acrylic paint, ink, gouache, tools: brush, ruling pen, broad edge and hand made pens.|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||12 x 36 inches|
The writing in the background is a personal statement about how I perceive the immaterial beauty of God through the act of creating. Mark Twain sums up this concept by elevating the purpose and value of imagination.
Artist BioRod Sawatsky grew up in the Congo, Africa where he spent a total of 18 years until age 25. He studied graphic design in BC, Canada and has worked as a freelance graphic designer since 1995. Recently he moved to Canby, Oregon with his wife and 4 young children to live close to family. Rod's passion for calligraphy has been influenced by prominent calligraphers worldwide through workshops and personal study. Formerly a member of the Vancouver Calligraphy Guild he now participates as a member of the Portland Calligraphy Society. Through his work Rod aspires to communicate the beauty of truth, his lifelong pursuit of wisdom and the incredible value of human life. In seeming contrast to the constantly evolving digital tools Rod uses in his day to day work, he reaches for the ancient traditions of hand lettering for inspiration. The exciting possibilities of blending lettering traditions with modern tools keeps him inspired to experiment with new forms of expression.