Artist and photographer launch new collaboration
A local artist officially launched a new collaboration project at the Kamloops Spring Home Show at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre on April 9 and 10.
Airbrush artist Will Dallimore teamed up with Kamloops photographer Melanie Dreyer to create a unique experience, which included a professional photoshoot paired with a portrait painting created from the photo of choice.
“The artwork I create has been mistaken as a photograph so many times that working with Mel just seemed like a perfect fit. It’s a whole experience package,” said Dallimore, who has called Sun Peak home since 2011.
“I don’t know of any other artist and photographer who are working so closely on something.”
Dallimore stepped out of his comfort zone with a live demonstration of the new collaboration at the home show to expose event-goers to their work. It was only the third time he had painted in front of a crowd.
“I was pretty nervous at the start of the weekend, but by the end of the weekend I was pretty comfortable with all the interactions and actually showing complete strangers and seeing how interested they were in what we’re doing,” he said.
“It seemed like a good way to get exposure. It’s a well-attended event that’s for sure.”
I don’t know of any other artist and photographer who are working so closely
Dallimore, who has been painting for about 20 years, was impressed with the high attention to detail in Dreyer’s photos and saw it as an opportunity to improve his portrait paintings, which he said have been gaining recognition over the past five years.
“In the past with some of my paintings, some of the images I’ve been given as reference have been a challenge to actually create such a highly detailed image. So when I saw Mel’s work I thought if I could use one of her images as reference I’d create an even better painting,” Dallimore said.
“She’s got such an incredible eye and such great detail in her images.”
Though the collaboration has just begun, Dallimore said he has already noticed an increased quality in his art. He likes to paint what he sees and being able to use Dreyer’s images has provided a good reference for him.
“The two I’ve done with her so far it’s just gone up five or six different levels of quality,” he said. “For me, I strive to create such a highly detailed image that to do so I need the best reference possible, so that’s where the actual idea of the collaboration came together.”