Richard Silva

I'm an Ottawa/Gatineau based self-taught artist. Portraiture makes up the bulk of my work but I am always searching for varied subjects and mediums to keep things fresh. I enjoy working on the traditional surfaces of paper and canvas but have a real fascination with found objects such as wood, gypsum, cardboard, plexiglass, sheet metal and others. I love the surprises and resulting visual effects that can arise from combining any number of drawing/painting mediums with found surfaces. 'Mistakes' and the unexpected are a thrilling part of the creative process.