Logan Powell was born in Winnipeg in 1996. He took art classes all through school and later
taught himself his current techniques watching Bob Ross and Stuart Davis on YouTube. “I pretty
much have their techniques down pat,” he smiles. Professionally, he learned carpentry and
developed it into working on building custom log homes, including one that sold for $4 million.
“Carpentry has taught me how to complete projects, starting from zero and working with
dedication until it’s done,” Logan says.
The main body of Logan’s work has focused on mountains painted from his imagination on
canvas in oils, his preferred medium. Since a trip to Calgary, when the mountain views “blew
my mind,” he says his mountains have improved. They are solid and sharply focused, in contrast
with the rustling grasses in the foreground and moving clouds in the background, which are
handled with expansive, painterly brush strokes. Logan has also created a concept-piece he
describes as “sort of off-brand for me.” It reflects his feeling as a Métis for Indigenous people,
featuring a forest in monochrome, with red footsteps representing both the traces of
disappeared individuals and an entire people’s lack of voice. Lately, Logan has branched off into
painting human figures.
Artbeat “was great, very inclusive; I learned a lot from the other artists,” Logan says. It also let
him experiment with acrylics and make ceramics, including an Easter Island head “unlike
anything I’ve done before. But landscapes remain my trademark,” he adds.