Mike Efford combines animation and classical music to create epic digital landscapes

Canadian artist Mike Efford creates incredible landscape artworks that "conjure up the unseen spirit of the land", and he does so by using the latest animation software while listening to classical music.

With a background in 3D animation (he launched his own studio in 1994), his work goes well beyond realism into a much bolder, expressionistic style that orchestrates rhythm and colour into the forms of landscape. Influenced by an unusual combination of abstract expressionist painting and classical music, he fuses the two mediums together into a unique body of artwork.

Mike further explains: "My art takes shape by creating organic 3D forms using animation software, and playing with the combination and blending of forms in a very improvisational way. Yet the medium of 3D animation software brings a refinement and precision to it all that calls to mind the ebb and flow of classical music. A dynamic orchestration of colour and rhythm of form. Landscape form."

Mike's passion for art began in the late '70s when he studied Fine Arts at Humber College in Toronto. His love of classical music was nurtured at an early age, and he taught classical guitar for several years after studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

An extensive gallery of his work is online at www.mikeefford.com, where you can also get your hands on his limited edition landscape art prints.


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