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Brian Turner

At the age of 16 Brian began his ‘pencil in hand’ artistic journey as an architectural draftsman in the Okanagan Valley. While completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education with a Fine Arts major, he worked for the New World Archaeological Foundation at Brigham Young University as an illustrator, completing the artwork for numerous publications. His artwork was put on hold through his working years as an educator until a few years before his retirement. After many years without a brush in hand, Brian began to paint again and is deeply immersed in the medium of watercolor. As an eternal student he has attended many workshops and presentations of internationally known watercolorists.

For the past decade as Brian has been exploring his second career as a watercolor artist, he has won numerous local and national awards such as the ‘Mary Duggan Canadian Landscape Award’ at the Canadian Society of Artists Open International Juried Exhibition in 2018 and again in 2020. This past fall, Brian was awarded the grand prize and Mary Pratt Crystal award at an exhibition of the Society of Canadian Artists in Montreal.

Brian has been active in serving in executive positions as well as on committees with local art associations in the Ottawa area as well as serving on the education committee of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. With his background of 37 years as a successful educator, Brian has also been invited to teach numerous watercolor classes and workshops ranging from local classes in the Ottawa area to workshops and presentations in locations like Toronto, Saint George, Utah and Argentina.

Brian’s images range from landscapes to cityscapes always with an interest on light and its effect on color and composition. He is drawn to detail and is always exploring new techniques and approaches to the use of watercolor. His recent interest has been with ‘pouring’ watercolor and his experimentation has led him to some innovative approaches to the technique. Many of his current works are for sale at the Fallen Leaf Gallery in Canmore.

Brian has lived all across Canada and has a deep love for the beauty of this country. He recently moved from Ottawa and the forested beauty of Eastern Canada to Cochrane, Alberta where he is excited to explore and capture the wide-open images and scenes found among the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.


Route 22 Gallery is located on the land of the Treaty 7 people. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Treaty 7 territory and the cultural and oral practices of the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations as well as the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, (Métis Nation District 4) within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. It is a privilege and and an honour to share these lands as our collective home.

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