Dancing Skies

James Thomson, “The Light From Distant Shores” – Watercolour on Paper, 22.25″ W x 7.5″ (Unframed)

Dancing Skies:

The beauty of the sky and beyond, to the wonders of the universe we live in. 

Featuring: Sandy Proulx, Patti Fernie, James Thomson

July 11 to 23, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Evenings by appointment.

125 Adelaide Street, 2nd floor

204-944-0809 or jordan@cre8ery.com

James Thomson received his Bachelor of Environmental Studies
(Architecture) in 1983 (U of Manitoba) and his Bachelor’s degree
in Fine Art from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. Jim had
a solo show in Wasagaming in 1989, and participated in group
shows including two Manitoba Society of Artists shows. While
working in the graphic arts as an illustrator and production
artist and later as a supplier James became involved in computer
graphics technology. This led to a new career as a teacher of
Interactive Digital Media at Kildonan-East High School. From
2001 to 2021, James taught students how to use technology as a
form of storytelling, using art and code to produce animations,
web sites, video games and VR experiences. Upon his retirement
from teaching in June 2021, James returned to his traditional fine
art roots with the exhibition “Infinite Horizons”, consisting of 30
watercolours connected by a whimsical narrative about Ravens,
dogs, and a Gluttonous Moon which ran at Cre8ery March 30 to
April 11 in 2023.
Artistic Statement
Since returning to Fine Art after 20 years of exploring and
teaching Interactive Digital Media I have enjoyed the more
contemplative and meditative nature of the processes of
watercolour painting compared to the processes for creating a
world for a video game. These images come from a delightful
space of connection between artist, materials and imagery. The
process includes thoughtful choices of materials, composition
and colour as well as the, often accidental, results of working
with wet-on-wet and spattered colour. Like “Infinite Horizons”
there is a storytelling component in these images but in this
show it is less whimsy and more of a dream.