Self taught artist creates paintings on the power of our imagination

Inspirational paintings on the power of our imagination and dreams

John Kenward is a self taught artist from rural Ontario, Canada. He grew up on a small beef farm, and then spent the first couple decades of his working life in forestry. Although this background probably set the stage for the setting in many of his paintings, it wasn’t until he was in his forties that he discovered his passion for art. and more specifically, creating paintings that draw on our emotions.

His unique painting style features scenes and situations that invite the viewer to escape into a world of ‘imagined reality’. These scenes are often reminiscent of a simpler time and place that allow us to sit back, relax and connect with ourselves, while encouraging our imaginations and dreams to be set free. ~ John Kenward

Self taught artist creates paintings on the power of our imagination“The Journey” ‘We each have this journey that we travel. We don’t know where it will lead or when it will end… but we have the opportunity to make the most of each day that we are given. “The Journey” is a 24″ x 36″ oil painting on wood, created in several layers.

Self taught artist creates paintings on the power of our imagination“Transformation IV” is an 18″ x 24″ acrylic painting on canvas. Over the last two years, I have created multiple versions of this painting. It tells a story of how things may not always be as they appear, and that even while we are struggling, we can have the power to do great things.

The Secret Library is a fun painting“The Secret Library” is a fun painting that was created with acrylic paint on an 18″ x 28″ panel made from reclaimed wood. whimsical in nature, but carrying the message that there is much wisdom and knowledge to be learned in nature.

Snowman painting A Friendly Hello

“A Friendly Hello” 18″ x 24″ acrylic on a wooden panel. This is one of many of my paintings featuring a snowman. After all, it is hard not to love a smiling snowman. (The frame on this one is painted on to give the painting a 3d appearance.

Moonlight acrylic painting“Moonlight Dreams” 16″ x 36″ acrylic and oil on a panel made from old barn boards. This one was based on a photo of my son. As a father, I can hope that my children’s dreams will take them to far away places as their imaginations soar.

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