Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we talk with the immensely talented digital artist Brian Middleton.


Your Name

Brian Middleton



#1 What is your primary job title?

Professional Visual Artist

#2 Who or what inspires you

Oh ! So many and so much:

  • The colour spectrum and how Light affects whatever I see: reflecting, refracting, abstracting reality.
  • My husband Carl McLuhan who is a wonderful writer and pianist and thinker.
  • Artists : Gerhard Richter, Lucian Freud, Pierre Bonnard.
  • My parents who are 93 and 91 and survived WWII and faced many challenges but remain positive.

#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

  • Being a kinder driver.
  • How beautiful the sky looks.
  • Paying attention to the road.


#4 Share a life lesson you learn?

Be kinder than necessary - always. Every person I meet is facing a challenge about which I know nothing.


#5 Favorite period of history?

I am currently fascinated by the period 1930 - 55 ( just before, during and the decade right after the Second World War.)


#6 What projects are you working on right now?

I am learning about video and sound editing and I have a commission for a public artwork to honour search and rescue workers in the province of British Columbia.


#7 Describe your personal style.

Now THAT is a toughie to answer ! I worked with traditional art media and tools for forty years before switching to digital painting apps three years ago. I think " explorer and experimenter " would best describe what I try to do.


#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

I paint digitally ( no stylus ) on my iPad and iPhone using the apps Procreate, ArtStudio and Art Rage. I also use SparkPost and SparkVideo and iMovie for text and video editing.


#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

44 years ago while I was studying in France I discovered an overwhelming need to draw and paint. It took me totally by surprise!


#10 What's your super power?



#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

I love Creamy on hot buttered toast.


#12 What makes you happy?

  • Being with my loved ones.
  • Sharing meals.
  • Puppies and Dogs


#13 What do you do to relax?

Take 45 minute walks on trails near the Pacific.


#14 Your place of birth?

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

See #2



#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

A nervous kindergarten kid during a Christmas concert nativity scene who began pulling on his balloon/udder as one of the cows in the manger. The audience started laughing and couldn't stop and he didn't have a clue!


#17 Color of the car you drive?



#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Making a documentary film.


#19 How do you get your news?

  • BBC International News
  • CBC
  • PBS / NPR
  • Twitter

#20 Advice to other creatives?

  • Hold on tight to your dreams.
  • Trust your intuition.
  • Keep an open mind.


Learn more about Brian's work:

Website: www.brianmiddletonart.ca

Instagram: BrianMiddletonArt

FaceBook: @BrianMiddletonArt

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