The Oil Rush

Oil Rush

30″ x 48″, 2016

Mixed Media

A basic landscape. A city before it became itself. One building and one smokestack stand in a realm of potential, foretelling an impressive future in the oil and gas industry. To the right, a lone strip of yellow stands for a small, quiet, hard-working community. The unprecedented economic boom to follow is represented in the bar of colours shooting up the left-hand side, growing exponentially in a range of colours reflecting the blood, sweat, and tears of the diverse people who made this possible.

The eager and the hopeful came and built up this community. None could have predicated the outcome. A city of growth, of strength, of nobility. These characteristics are shown in the strong shapes and long lines of the piece, the bold shades and unpredictable use of colour.

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