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Art Attitude - The Random Thoughts of RFM McInnis
A Sort of Autobiography
by RFM McInnis

The fact that I paint what is perceived as subject matter is beside the point. For me, subject matter is only an excuse to observe abstract organic shapes and patterns where they exist in nature and push their shape-space relationships to the limits. This is what art is to me. It is what my art is about. ART ATTITUDE: the random thoughts of RFM McInnis… a sort of autobiography, has been developed over a 60 year span of building a successful art career. Google “rfm mcinnis images” • It contains his thoughts, discoveries and theories on art as he experienced them. • It is not an art book. • It is a book about art thinking. • It could act as a guide for artists wondering what it’s really like out there. •It contains an art lesson in drawing and tips for artists and wanna-be’s.

RFM McInnis was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1942. After receiving a Diploma in Fine and Applied Art in 1961 he spent five years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a photographer. "It was the nearest thing to making pictures that I could do and still earn a living in those days”. Thus began a career travelling and painting. McInnis has lived and painted in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. These experiences have provided McInnis an opportunity to get to know the history, the people, the terrain, and the art scene of most of Canada. During his stay in Calgary in the late 1970’s he was commissioned to do portraits of the leaders of the Progressive Conservative Party which currently hang in the National Headquarters building in Ottawa. In 2006 he relocated to Winnipeg. He found inspiration within both the city and surrounding rural landscape and completed a series of paintings of views from his studio window. In 2017, McInnis was honored to be made Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for his evocative landscapes depicting the Canadian landscape throughout his career. John Geiger, CEO of FRCGS wrote, “…it is a form of recognition given your remarkable travels in Canada and stunning landscapes. Few have seen the prairies and foothills as you have, such power and evocative beauty.” McInnis currently paints from his studio in Laval, QC where he resides.


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