Art Walk Artist #20 – Les Hampton & Arnold Mosely
Les started carving wood in his teens and when his mother brought him a carving that his uncle, Patrick McKay, had done Les was awed. This inspired him to carve a gift for his uncle out of a piece of Manitoba driftwood, a hunting knife. At the age of 17, he returned to Lytton, his birth place. Inspired by the natural surroundings he practiced carving deer and moose antler, later moving on to local soapstone. By the age of 24 Les was carving art to earn extra money, which became a pursuit to become a quality artist. He credits his uncle with his passion for carving, explaining that the diverse wildlife in Manitoba and BC has given him a wide range of form that he uses his own vision to transfer into stone.
Although Arnold spends most of his life in BC interior, his homesteading heritage helped to foster his love of the cowboy life he so vividly portrays. When Arnold paints his western scenes, the horses, the cowboys and the intricate details of their gear, he captures the uniqueness of today’s cowboy lifestyle. He shows his versatility in the character studies he does, portraying the faces of the rodeo circuit clowns, bronco riders and the weathered faces of ranch hands. His composition shows an eye for creating moods; misty backgrounds, a variety of light, colour and shadow, energy and action, quiet reflections, blazing autumn colours or a softy rainy day.
You can check out Les and Arnold’s works at Beyond the Willow open Tues-Sat 10am to 5:30pm.
Art Walk is intended to get everyone out enjoying local artists in the Nicola Valley while checking out local businesses too! Pick up a passport book at any participating business and get walking. Collect 16 out of the 21 and enter to win great prizes. Completed passports can be dropped off at the Chamber Office (at City Hall downstairs), the Baillie House or D & D Emporium. You can also vote for your favourite artists and businesses too!
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Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce