Canadian, b. 1971
Cameron Bird has grown up with a passion for the outdoors. He began his career with sketching, which he continues to this day as reference for his larger studio oils. His formal art training took place at Emily Carr College of Art and Capilano College where he studied commercial art; as well he completed studies in professional sign painting.
Each year Bird gathers reference for his work while fishing, camping and hiking in the mountains and outdoors. A particular interest for Cameron is to carry his paint box with him and capture the subjects first hand.
Having studied many artists from history, Bird is drawn to the work of the Illingworth Kerr, Maynard Dixon, Carl Rungius and in particular Canadian artist Keith C Smith. Cameron studied with KC Smith for over ten years. KC helped Bird find the knowledge and courage to produce work of power and simplicity. Smith always taught him to simplify and make each brush stroke count. Bird has always admired the use of bold color and heavy impasto.
Cameron worked as a pack horse guide in the mountains to provide him with the first hand material and reference for his paintings. He believes this experience in the wild gives his work an added authenticity and true appreciation for nature.
Bird has been painting professionally since 1989 and full time since 1999. Cameron has had many one man and group exhibitions and is represented in a number of art galleries. He currently lives in the interior of British Columbia and continues to capture and explore the wild and its animals.