Paul Chizik


I am a painter, not an artist. "Artist" is too generic of a term. A painter should be able to do any subject matter equally well, including landscapes, portraits, the figure and still life.My work comes first. Everything else is secondary. "Life is short; art is long". We do not have Rembrandt alive today but we have his work. Art should move you. It should not bore the audience. The artists that move me include Whistler, Rembrandt, Inness, Sargent, Eakins, Velazquez, Vermeer, Dewing and Sorolla to name just a few. Alex Colville and Andrew Wyeth are two contemporaries who have had an impact upon me, as have my own masters, Tom Sherwood, Thomas Schlotterback and Michael John Angel. Without Don Joplin, I would not be an artist today. It's a life-long pursuit to try and get it right.
Education
1996 FLORENCE ACADEMY OF ART, Michael John Angel Studios, Florence, Italy
        Cast painting, still life, anatomy,morphology,master drawing, painting techniques and formulas. Portraiture and figurative work under Master Painter Michael John Angel
On-site replication of master drawings in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence

1995 FLORENCE ACADEMY OF ART, Florence, Italy
        Anatomy, drawing and figurative drawing

1995 CHICAGO INSTITUTE OF ART, Chicago, IL
        Techniques of the Old Masters by Master Painter Michael John Angel

1988 WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, Bellingham, WA
        Independent study program (life study); continuing studies with Professor Thomas Slotterback and Professor Tom Sherwood

Teaching
1997-present VANCOUVER ACADEMY OF ART, Vancouver, BC
Instructor in oil - figure, portrait, still life, old master methods

1998-2002 KWANTLEN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, Surrey/Richmond, BC
Instructor in oil oil master methods

1998-2001 LANGARA COLLEGE, Vancouver, BC
Instructor in oil old master methods, still life

1997-2003 ABERTHAU House, Vancouver, BC
Instructor in watercolour landscape en plein-air

1997 VANCOUVER LIFE DRAWING SOCIETY, Vancouver, BC
Instructor in oil old master methods