Artist Bio: Ralf Wall

Ralf Wall is an artist who specializes in mural painting and watercolours. He is a welcome new addition to the 2011 Central Art Walk.

I begin my paintings or sketches by going out into the field: a walk in the woods, down by the lake or river. I find a spot that seems to call out to me and I sit or stand for several minutes, as the geography allows, and absorb the energy around me. I want to capture the feeling of being in that exact spot, not necessarily the details of the physical, but more the emotional. I look at the colours, the play of shadow and light, and then I compose my image.


My watercolour sketches are quick and I try to work fast so that I maintain the same emotion throughout. My ink sketches are also quickly drawn so that I can allow for some chaotic freedom of my tools. Nature is not precise and I try to be loose with my imagery while still maintaining a sense of realism.


I deem a painting or drawing to be good when it either looks on canvas just as I envisioned it in my mind, or probably more importantly, I get an emotional response when someone sees it for the first time. Nothing is more satisfying as an artist when I get shushed because someone is staring deeply into my work.


My artwork is continually evolving as I try to release myself from the restraints of “what I think I should do” versus the freedom of my creative intuition. It is a fantastic journey that gets more exciting with every bend in the road.

Raflar the Wanderer
Green Griffin Studio

Portrait of the Artist: Ryan Brooks

Ryan Brooks is a Toronto based artist who enjoys working in a variety of media including: Ink drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. He gains great inspiration from viewing other artists’ work and believes that the energy created by a piece has a palpable effect on the viewer.
Ryan’s work runs the gamut from striking cubist works which use fused perspectives to contort perception, to whimsically macabre images of children befriending the monsters from under their beds.
He has been associated with ZuckerLoft Studio in Kitchener for several years now, and is very pleased to be involved in the Art Walk again this year!
A portion of his portfolio can be viewed online at: