Robert Achtemichuk

What I see becomes a sort of visual illumination, like a match struck unexpectedly in the dark, a gift, lighting my path into wonder -Virginia Woolf


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On Friday, out for a fish and chips at Aunty B’s we notice out the window and down the street a small murder of crows having as great time in a tall tree. The wind was howling. It was March 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm and a single maple tree contained 15-20 crows are swinging in the wind.

Crow-ology Why do crows like being up in tall trees during a strong wind? It was still sunny at the tree top, this tall, thin maple was sort of in the lea side of a large pine. Both trees were swinging in the wind. The crows faced the wind, bobbing around for over an hour as the sun set. The crows were enjoying a ride on the maple or why were they up there?

This painting is from a few years ago on the same theme and is titled: December 30, 2009 5:35pm.
054 nfsMurder of Crows

Author: Robert Achtemichuk

Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with a fine arts degree from the University of Manitoba and further studies in France and Mexico. Was the Executive Director of Open Studio, the Waterloo Regional Arts Council and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. Recently received artist grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund to develop and exhibit new paintings that were shown extensively. Received the Award of Excellence from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2012 and in 2015 received the Machteld Faas Xander Visual Arts Award, KW Arts Awards. Appreciate support from Ontario Arts Council in 2018-2019.

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  1. We recently purchased a print 8 of 20 1979 titled temptations of Pope John Paul. It has sparked many conversations as to the meaning of this painting. What is your interpretation of this piece? My wife see’s a cross, a deer, a rabbit and snakes in the grass and the face of Jesus?

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