Carson Visser was born in 1997 and has been expressing himself through art since he was 3. Starting with simple drawings, it was rare to see Carson without a pencil in hand. He was fascinated by history and fantasy scenes and filled many sketch pads with his art. For a while, he enjoyed cartooning and manga.
Around age 12 Carson began to enjoy painting as much as he does drawing.
At age 13, Carson received the honour of becoming the 2011 national winner of the Robert Bateman Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours contest. His work is on the Wildlife Habitat conservation stamp and calendar cover. In October 2011, Carson traveled to Jasper National Park to participate in a 3-day Unconference on getting teens outdoors. He also had the opportunity to meet Robert Bateman.
The stamp is available at the Wildlife Habitat Canada website http://www.whc.org
For more on the Robert Bateman Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours Program go to www.get-to-know.org
The Jasper Unconference and the contest in general was large catalyst to Carson’s discovery of expressing the immense beauty of creation, especially wildlife in it’s natural habitat. It has also precipitated Carson’s fall in love with not just walking in, but also identifying, naming, and recording the natural world. He takes these experiences one step further when he expreses them with his art. With few exceptions, he observes possible art subjects first hand. He carefully renders these subjects in sketch books which serve along with photographs as records for later paintings.
Carson specializes in birds because he finds them full of unique character, their variety in call, colouring, size and shape, and the challenge to portray them.
Carson greatly enjoys public speaking and sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others and had many opportunities to speak including grade school students in Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa,the Jasper Unconference, along with other venues.
One of the aspects of Carson’s art that excites Carson most is using his art as a tool to conserve creation. He has been interested in conservation of our natural and human heritage from a very young age. At age 14 he donated his first painting to the 2012 Conservation Gala in support of Conservation Halton and Credit River Foundations. These foundations protect and conserve parts of the UNECO Niagara Escarpment. One of Conservation Halton’s projects is to captive breed Logger Head Shrikes a near extinct songbird in Canada and release the young annually in the wild to raise this birds numbers to a natural and stable level.
Largely self taught, Carson continues using mostly acrylic paint on hardboard and canvas. Though Carson experiments with the art mediums of oil, watercolour, and graphite, he likes acrylics best because he find it the easiest and least time consuming medium to fix mistakes. Carson combines techniques from both watercolour and oil in acrylic to layer paint to create depth, atmosphere, and mood.
Carson regards his artistic talents as gifts from God. He wants to use his creativity to represent, conserve and celebrate the diversity of creation.
Carson Visser resides in Burlington Ontario. Canada with his family near the the Bruce Trail on the Niagara Escarpment where he derives much inspiration for his art.