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REPORTING · 1st September 2015
Walter McFarlane
Edward Epp was in Kitimat on Friday, August 21st to talk about his exhibition. His exhibit, Northern Landscapes, was showing at the Kitimat Museum and Archives in August. The bulk of the paintings were painted around Kitimat.

“I studied art back when I was a teenager. I went to the University of Saskatchewan, I got a BFA and I did a masters in Studio Art. I formally studied art and visual art, and then I started teaching for about 17-18 years. I was an instructor in art in three provinces, including BC, including the College of New Caledonia. Eventually, I changed my directions and interests in the art,” said Epp.

After living in Southern Africa and Western Canada, he became interested in Canadian Landscapes. He blended abstraction and the local environment where he spent most of his time.

“Kitimat [offers a lot of variety]. One of the reasons it does is because I also work as a therapist and a Councillor. I’ve come now to Kitimat every week, and now, every two weeks, for a couple of days, for eight years,” said Epp. “From Prince Rupert, to Kitimat, I went through some of the most incredible landscapes in the world, and I stopped and I painted and I became familiar with the place by making paintings, taking a break from my travel, and I’ve maintained that practice.”

He now lives in Vancouver, but flies up every week. He feels the most comfortable painting the water along the channel. He uses oil paint, mixed with Walnut Oil and a drier so it would dry fast. It makes an oily surface colour which will be ready to come home on the plane.

The paintings in the exhibit go back from a month ago, to three years. If you have not checked out Epp’s exhibit, there is still a week left to check it out. The exhibit closes on the Fifth of September.
Monashee Lodge Revelstoke (Owner)
Comment by Jeff Arnold on 8th September 2015
I liked seeing your article on Edward Epp. We show his work in our business in Revelstoke and have enjoyed seeing his paintings in many galleries throughout Western Canada. Edward is a genuine Canadian treasure. The authenticity of his rugged landscapes captures the true feeling of our country and cultural identity on a level only previously seen by the Group of Seven. Like the geography he depicts, Edward and his work should be cherished and protected for all to experience. To identify with this artist is to better understand ourselves and our unique and special land.