I started expressing myself with crayons on my parents' basement walls and inside the pages of my grandfather's leather-bound encyclopaedia collection. So my parents began to supply me with a steady stream of paper and pencils with which to draw and expand my creativity. In secondary school I studied courses in commercial art and printing, and took extra courses learning to develop photos and produce short video features. In my 20s I learned to fly earning a private pilot licence and moved to Alberta. In my 40s I hiked the West Coast Trail 3 times and today in my 60s I continue to pursue my lifelong journey in the arts. I came to Edmonton in 1980 to continue a career as a graphic arts craftsman, first for theEdmonton Sun (Photo) and finally with theEdmonton Journal (Video). I became involved as a volunteer with community theatre, painting sets and doing public relations for Walterdale Playhouse Theatre. In 2007 I became a civil information activist and began publishing citizen free news stories on YouTube. Today I keep myself active as a full time artist and continue to publish free news stories on YouTube. I'm available to speak on my art, citizen news activism and coinciding news art projects.
This 16" x 20" acrylic was painted on the Alberta Legislature grounds next to the bowling greens early June this year. Donated to be auctioned by the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance to help raise funds for the United Way. Bidding will begin on October 17th - Learn More
250 Outdoor art shows around Edmonton and the Province of Alberta since March 2015
It was in 1924 when members of Canada’s Group of Seven expanded their artistic subject matter to include Western Canada. That year, Lawren S. Harris, a founder and key spokesperson for the Group, and fellow Group member A.Y. Jackson traveled to Jasper National Park. 90 years later, in the early spring of 2014, I spent my evenings sketch studying Lawren Harris and A.Y.Jackson inside the Art Gallery of Alberta, where thier works were on display. Later that year, in the spring and fall, I set out with my backpack, canvas and paints to paint in the same area of Maligne Lake as they did 90 years earlier. 1924 Maligne Lake YouTube
As an artist I started to paint some of the subjects and topics of the news stories I published over the years on YouTube as a citizen news activist. Art like pictures and video can tell a story just as well as, if not better than most written words. Almost all my paintings displayed here on this site I've documented and linked to my YouTubes.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
YouTube: Clearing a path for Freedom on the Alberta Legislature Grounds
YouTube: Challenges painting outdoors in winter
First Snowfall in October
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project that began January is a yearlong news coverage story on the wildfires and rains that followed in Alberta shared outdoors during art shows and video. This project was used 3 times to defend freedom of expression, free speech and freedom of the press on the Alberta Legislature grounds. It gave others a voice to freely express their stories of how the wildfires and the rains in Alberta had affected them their communities and the environment. Enjoy! Doug Brinkman