Yvonne Munro's work is on display at Cowan’s Office Supply.

Yvonne Munro's work is on display at Cowan’s Office Supply.

Munro’s world of exploding colours

Artist Yvonne Munro paints natural scenes and landscapes in dreamscape colours. Some of her work is hanging at Cowan’s Office Supply this month.

Artist Yvonne Munro paints natural scenes and landscapes in dreamscape colours. Some of her work is hanging at Cowan’s Office Supply this month.

“My trademark is my colour,” she says. “Our world is so beautiful, the best way I can express how I feel about it is through colour.”

During her formal studies at Emily Carr she was exposed to many creative disciplines, and she learned the artistic “truisms,” such as the ways colours mix, or how the moods of colours change with the addition of lighter or darker tints.

Munro says she sees the surprising colours in her paintings in her original subjects. The eye is drawn to what is going on in the pictures, to the forms of branches assaulted by wind, weighted down with wet snow, or turned brilliant by the sun.

Munro no longer wonders if she might one day run out of subjects to paint.

“I go for hikes, take lots of pictures. Some of them become paintings; they may be a jumping-off point only, or the painting may be an exact replica. I’m looking for a feeling.

“It’s fun to play, to do abstracts, to simplify forms. Will I ever run out of material? No!”