Nadia Gurkova is a Toronto-based landscape oil painter. Travelling all summer to take full advantage of the warmer weather months, Gurkova researches the Ontario landscape extensively and collects painted studies en plein air - on location in the landscape itself. During the cooler months of the year, she then uses her gathered material and studies to develop larger, finished works.
In her Muskoka series of paintings, Gurkova sought to explore the subject of backlit forested areas, pushing boundaries of colour intensity and changing colour temperature to discover new relationships between warm and cool in a landscape. As she describes her process:
“When developing a series, I look for a unifying element and theme. I devote a sketchbook to test all of my ideas and work out the details. The traditional oil painting techniques I use are then employed to put those ideas on canvas.”
Gurkova’s works are held in private collections in Canada, the United States, Germany, France, Russia, Malta and Cyprus.