Ralf Wall (Raflar)

Artist Bio


I have an intense and deep appreciation for the Canadian landscape. It has inspired my work for my earliest days as an artist. I paint predominately plein air as the energy of my surroundings has always played an important role in my work. I find a great deal of solace and happiness in creating but coincidentally, my introduction to art was born from a place of anger. In my youth, I was grounded to my room and the only outlet I had which hadn’t been banned, was a book on animals, paper, and pencil. I spent hours drawing animals from that book, and ultimately found that my anger had disappeared and my love for art was born.

I have spent the last 40 years since my introduction to art, painting both small scale and large scale.  I started my career as a mural artist, painting murals at Howl at the Moon, Louis’ Lodge, Bluevale H.S, and other local establishments, including murals that I donated to the Grand River Hospital and The Children’s Museum (now TheMusuem). This transitioned in web design, starting during the internet’s earliest incarnation through present. Whether creating online graphics or large murals, my true calling lay in small-scale works in acrylic, oil, and watercolour. In 2015, I made the decision to become a full-time artist and commit myself to my one and true passion, creating landscapes and abstracts through watercolour, ink, or acrylic. I opened Wallhalla Art Studio the same year, and established studio space at Globe Studios in Kitchener.

Artist Statement

Energy has always played a pertinent role in my body of work. I am inspired by my surroundings, be it the woods or a distant skyline. When I create, it is my ardent desire that those who view my work feel the energy of the surroundings in which the work was created. My watercolour paintings require a delicate hand, and because I often paint in plein air, I will use the water of the natural environment in the dilution of my paint. My acrylic landscapes and abstracts require a palette knife or brush, and allow me to convey the natural environment in an impressionistic manner. The transience and impermanence of the natural environment not only inspires my work but also compels me to experiment and explore new mediums and techniques.  It is my hope that my love for the natural environment, the energy therein, and the freedom of creation is impressed upon the public through my works.

Web: www.raflar.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WallhallaArtStudio
Twitter: @RaflarTheArtist
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“South Hampton lighthouse” Ralf Wall (Raflar) 8×10 watercolour

“Clouds over St Jacobs farm” Ralf Wall (Raflar) 8×10 watercolour

“Banks of the Nith River” Ralf Wall (Raflar) 8×10 watercolour

“Expressions of colour” Ralf Wall (Raflar) 24×36 acrylic on canvas

“Reverie Redux” Ralf Wall (Raflar 30×40 acrylic on textured panel

“Early morning by the lake” Ralf Wall (Raflar) 12×24 acrylic on textured panel