Jose Suganob

I started my career as a trade machinist. After suffering a major hemorrhagic stroke the right side of my body was paralyzed; and I was forced to use my left hand and it took me a year just to write my signature.

During this time, I discovered slowly my considerable talent as an artist. Started to paint in water-colors, just to pass time. People liked my paintings. Before I knew it I had more than a pastime.

I made a few attempts using oil as a medium but I found out that it’s hard to clean up the mess after. And now, I graduated to use acrylics paints, mostly landscape murals. I paint layers of thin colors and if it’s not right, I just repaint it again.

They say, I am using the ‘Grisaille’ technique, what ever it means. So, I have to research that word ‘grisaille.’ Here’s what I found: For those that wonder about the pronunciation of ‘grisaille’ it is grizz-eye; French for grey. The grisaille technique can be used in any colour that an artist

wishes to choose although shades of grey or brown is more common. What you end up with is a mono-chromatic painting done entirely with a number of steps of values in one color. This technique was com-mon among the artists of the early Renaissance.

Using the grisaille technique the values are all worked out before any colour is added, not that hues are always introduced to the work. If you choose to go to the next step and add color, the rest seems to take on a life of its own with changes happening very quickly because you don’t have to concen-trate quite so much on the values as they are already mapped out.”

I became part of an artists’ group called “Eureka,” when it closed, I joined AHA – (Artists Helping Artists).

My works has been shown in Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Center of Fine Arts. And, also, I had done some mural paintings at some homes in Lower Mainland, British Columbia, Canada.