Ever wondered what it takes to be a successful artist and make a living from your passion? Explore a life time of prolific works and discover the fascinating life of the extraordinary Canadian artist Paul Ygartua and his wife Joanne, who together have been building a successful art business for over 50 years now.
Episode 19: A New Style in Québec City, 1987
We head 4000 km East today, as Paul, Joanne and kiddoes settle down in chilly but beautiful Québec city. With our fantastic host Ed, we find out all about life in this part of Canada and Paul's new and unique technique that he develops in 1987 after having attended the New York Art Expo: reverse painting on plexiglass. Enjoy!
Episode 18: Expo 86, Part II
Join Ed today for Part 2 of the Expo 86 mural in Vancouver, as he chats with Paul and Joanne all about the technical and artistic challenges involved in painting a mural of this scale as well as the media attention that resulted from being involved in such an important project.
Episode 17: Expo 86, A World United
Hard work, perseverance, unwavering optimism, relentless confidence and a series of fortunate events… is what it took to bring about the Expo 86 “A World United" mural. Join Ed today as he chats with Paul and Joanne about Vancouver's Expo 86 as well as Joanne's positive approach to dealing with the financial side of things over the years.
Ep16: Life in the Basque Country and Sitges, 1985
This week, Ed is travelling back to Spain once again with Paul and Joanne. But this time it's with kids in tow and the goal is to fully immerse themselves in the Basque culture. They discuss the customs, the fiestas, the family, the beautiful beaches, the picturesque medieval town of Plentzia and the farming and fishing town of Gorliz. They finish off in Sitges, one of their favourite spots in Spain that ended up being their summer destination for the next 30 years.
Episode 15: Rio de Janeiro, 1984
The Copacabana, the Carnival, the Amazon Natives, Pele, the favellas... Rio de Janeiro was filled with colour and inspiration. Join Paul, Joanne and Ed today as they discuss the excitement of life in Rio in the mid 80s and how Paul's work was influenced by this new experience.
Episode 14: Chemainus, 1983
Paul painted his first large mural in the little town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island in 1983, at age 38. He was fearless when he approached this gigantic wall that measured 15.4 metres long by 5.2 metres high. During this episode Ed talks to Paul about painting on such a large scale. They then continue to discuss with Joanne the importance of creative confidence as an artist.