Eugene was recently a proud recipient of an Exhibition Grant from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

Biography

Eugene's love of drawing goes back as far as he can remember. Born in 1950, he grew up in the small town of Red Rock, Ontario. He attended the public school, where he would always be looking out the large classroom windows, drawing scenes of what he visualized from his endless daydreaming. Art was his favourite time in school, always going beyond what the average classmate created. During high school, Eugene was always chosen to be on the decoration committee for the school dances.

Eugene started out painting in oils, using a small Grumbacher paint set his sister sent to him as a Christmas present many years ago. In 1988, Eugene switched to acrylics, which he now finds much more versatile and easier to work with.

Being completely self-taught, Eugene's work has always focused on the minute details of nature: the cap of a mushroom, the veins of a leaf, the bark of a tree, the texture of rocks. "I try to keep my style continually evolving in new directions." His unique style of realism is now incorporating an enhanced flavour in the form of unusual and vivid colours. This puts a whole new perspective on nature. Eugene also likes to use many centers of interest within his paintings, which keeps the viewers eye constantly moving within the work.

Who knows where Eugene's art will take him next... he just knows that he wants to keep painting those glints of sunlight and deep shadows that so intrigue him and the minds of his viewers.

Curriculum Vitae

Awards
1999 Thunder Bay Art Gallery - People's Choice Award
(2nd. place for the painting, Wild Sarsaparilla)
2012 Trout Unlimited Canada - Artist of the Year Winner - Dana Creek
2014 Thunder Bay Art Gallery - The North Now Exhibit - People's Choice Award
(1st. place for the acrylic painting, Oliver Bay)

Commissions
1987 The Icebreaker Griffon - Thunder Bay, ON
1987 The Lodge Mountain, Red Rock - Thunder Bay, ON
1987 Saganagons Lake, Quetico - Thunder Bay, ON
1988 The Sea Lion 2 - Thunder Bay, ON
1988 Cahill House - Thunder Bay, ON
1989 Nipigon Lookout 1 - Thunder Bay, ON
1989 Janny 2 - Thunder Bay, ON
1989 The Rose Camp, Loon Lake - Thunder Bay, ON
1990 Michael, Mandy & Theda (portraits) - Thunder Bay, ON
1990 The Allan Cottage - Thunder Bay, ON
1990 Saskatchewan Homestead - Thunder Bay, ON
1991 The Patricia 2 - Thunder Bay, ON
1991 Lappe Ski Trails Contour Painting - Thunder Bay, ON
1991 Knibbs Summer Camp, Lake Lenore - Thunder Bay, ON
1991 The Zatti Farm - Thunder Bay, ON
1993 Jason (portrait) - Thunder Bay, ON
1993 Sleeping Giant & Sailboats 5 - Thunder Bay, ON
1994 Pat & Sandy McGuire (portrait) - Thunder Bay, ON
1995 Cavendish Beach, P.E.I. - Thunder Bay, ON
1995 Burntside Lake, Ely, MN - Thunder Bay, ON
1999 Nipigon Overlook 2 - Thunder Bay, ON
1999 Partridge Lake, ON - Thunder Bay, ON
2001 Nipigon Overlook 3 - Thunder Bay, ON
2001 The Fergusons Homestead - Thunder Bay, ON
2005 Deep Bay, Vancouver Is, B.C. - Thunder Bay, ON
2010 Kamview #7, The Beaver Trail - Thunder Bay, ON
2010 Kamview #8, The Lookout Trail - Thunder Bay, ON

Exhibitions
1986 to 1990 - Lakehead Visual Arts Galleries - Thunder Bay, ON
1990 to 1993 - The Craft and Art Market Show & Sale - Thunder Bay, ON
1994 to 2016 - Artisans Northwest Christmas Show & Sale at the Valhlla Inn - Thunder Bay, ON
2014-16 - Lakehead Visual Arts at the Baggage Building Art Centre - Thunder Bay, ON
2014-15 - Lakehead Visual Arts at Gallery 33 - Thunder Bay, ON
2014 - "The North Now" - 2014 Northern Ontario Juried Exhibition - Thunder Bay Art Gallery
2017 - "Lakehead Art Collective" - Etobicoke Civic Centre, Etobicoke, ON - May 2-30