Finn Matthews and Mary Sanche

Best for Last Artist Profile

Viewing Finn and Mary's work it is pretty clear their art is rooted in the natural world. Both have a keen interest in interpreting nature, whether it is the long ago past dug up in places like Drumheller or observations of what is happening right now with the flora and fauna of the Bow River – well maybe not right now as it is pretty cold! But you never know, they are certainly committed to mother nature being their creative muse. And for good reason, they are superb at representing her through lush brush work and delicate (or sometimes not so delicate) drawing.

But while they follow long traditions in content and medium they have their own unique and contemporary perspectives. Finn's image in the Best for Last exhibition shows influence of naturalist painters such as Audubon in terms of both composition and attention to detail. Which is contrasted with stylization of line and color reminiscent of what you might find in a modern graphic novel.  


Mary's painting shows her impressive grasp of traditional landscape painting methodology, but also has a modern sensibility through the vivid energy of her brush work and the subtle derivative stylization of form.


See Finn and Mary's artwork at the Principles Office during our regular gallery hours of 2-5 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday or during the closing reception Thursday January 25th from 5-8pm

Principles Office is on the 2nd floor of cSPACE King Edward 1721 29th Ave SW, Rm 210 Calgary, Alberta  T2T 6T7