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Artist Tyrrell Clarke holds a hand made sign welcoming patrons to her new art gallery, Tyrrell Clarke Gallery and Studio that she just opened last week on 1st ave and first street in the back room of the Shoe Closet, Apr. 13.

Artist Tyrrell Clarke holds a hand made sign welcoming patrons to her new art gallery, Tyrrell Clarke Gallery and Studio that she just opened last week on 1st ave and first street in the back room of the Shoe Closet, Apr. 13.

Look out Cochrane there is a new artist in town.  And she is ready to paint the town fire engine red, canary yellow and any other vibrant colour combination that she mixes on her rainbow pallet and applies to large canvasses, in her brand new gallery and studio on 1st St. and 1st Ave West.
Tyrrell Clarke and her husband, Don, who was transferred to Cochrane through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in November, just opened the Tyrrell Clarke Gallery and Studio.  The Gallery is located in the back room of the Shoe Closet and it can be accessed through the Shoe Closet or via a separate entrance off of 1st Ave. West.
Large, brightly coloured flowers painted on four feet canvases adorn the walls at the Gallery.  Clarke’s main theme is springtime at this time of year, although she has figures painted in oil reminiscent of Picasso and characters from a Taro card series and a variety of other themes like love.  
“I love colour,” Clarke stated.  “Oil is often known to get muddy in its colour, but by the time a piece is finished it has about three layers on it.  I play with glazes and different layers of oil so it’s like I’ve got three layers on there.  The layers give it that glow.”
Clarke’s paintings definitely do glow.  They are bright and vivacious, with slight suggestions of being influenced by Georgia O’Keeffe due to the bold colours and shapes.  Other influences on her creativity include Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall, due to his spiritual energy that is prevalent in the artist’s paintings. There is an aura to Clarke’s work, bordering on spirituality that she strongly believes in, and practices.
“I do a lot of figurative stuff and a lot of spiritual themes,” remarked Clarke.  “These are Taro Card series (pointing at a pair of large painting mounted on the wall).  I do readings and have been for a few decades.  I am booked for a year in advance.  It’s the human experience with the spiritual energy.  Even flowers are like doorways that make you happy.”
Clarke has been painting professionally for the better part of 30 years.  As the artist has matured, so has her work.  She has become experimental, even rebellious to the extent that she doesn’t necessarily follow the conventional wisdom of the art world.
“Honestly, I paint what I want to paint,” disclosed Clarke.  “If I feel like painting it, I paint it.  I’ve stepped out of the way of thinking that I have to be a landscape artist or a figure artist.  A lot of artists are known for doing one thing but throughout my whole life I kind of rebelled on that.”
The Tyrrell Clarke Gallery and Studio is open the same hours as the Shoe Closet, although the artist herself won’t necessarily be there all the time, since much of her inspiration occurs during the night and she works from her home studio.  Although, Clarke does plan to be in the Gallery most afternoons from Thursday to Sunday, perhaps even painting in the studio during those hours.  Even if Clarke is not in the Gallery, her superb paintings are worth the free ticket.  And if the artist is present, viewers will quickly comprehend why Tyrrell Clarke’s art work has so much spirituality connected to it.  Her spiritual creativity mirrors the artist herself.
patrick.price@sunmedia.ca

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