A 40 minute Documentary in High Definition, which reveals an artist in the twilight of his life and at the pinnacle of his career and offers a definitive view of his philosophy and approach to his work. The film follows this prolific artist as he seeks the interplay between what is directly taken from the landscape and what is intrinsically his own response to it – a key dynamic in his work. We hear, in his own words, his story of growing up in England, coming to Canada, fighting in the war and eventually setting in Vancouver to paint and teach. We hear him describe his process and sources of inspiration as he paints in his studio and walks along the beach near his home in West Vancouver. The Reflective Canvas is a poignant and informative look at the life of a great artist, his work, and the positive impact he has had on the people around him.
Gordon Smith: The Reflective Canvas