THE LIGHT IN OPABIN 2002
36 x 48 in.
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This large studio canvas was painted circa 2001-2002 after Robert went to Lake O'Hara with Bow Valley artist, Donna Jo Massie. Located in Yoho National Park, Lake O'Hara is a captivating place in Canada's Rocky Mountains and has a limited number of visitors every day to ensure the pristine beauty is preserved. This painting was part of the resultant exhibition, Lake O'Hara Magic at Canada House Gallery in 2002. Robert made several trips back to Lake O'Hara and always expressed his awe at the natural beauty found in this remote place.
Working primarily in oil and acrylic on canvas, Robert Genn (1936-2014) celebrated the wilderness he loved by painting on location and at times, composing his most cherished themes from his imagination. A master of design, Robert painted en plein-air from antique car, boat, train, plane and even horseback on Canada's West Coast, in the Rockies, at Lake of the Woods, and Algonquin, in Quebec and across the globe. Genn completed work in his studio with personalized acrylic techniques including dry-brush scumbling, signature greys, poured acrylic glazes, contrapuntal cut-ins and his beloved "colour-surprise" -- defining a lifelong, unmistakeable and peerless personal style.