Brent Laycock

My passion for painting is now focussed on painting the landscape in acrylic or watercolor in a loose, lyrical style. Most of my career has been spent in Alberta in Western Canada. It’s a landscape painter’s dream location with the Rocky Mountains to the west, parkland to the north, and expansive prairies to the south and east. Most of my current work is now in acrylic, which is a medium that produces a rich variety of expressive effects.

My interest in acrylic evolved from my initial work in watercolour, and both media take advantage of the unpredictable, liquid nature of water media. I enjoy painting with the combined processes of risk and resolution.

I have been privileged to have solo exhibitions across Canada and in the USA and have participated in numerous juried group shows that have toured Canada, the USA , Mexico, Europe and Japan. Much of this output has found its way into numerous private, corporate and public collections and many publications.

As a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Society of Canadian Artists, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, I’ve been  able to participate in many of their group shows and other ventures.

Through the CSPWC, my watercolors  have been presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Collection at Windsor Castle and to Queen Margrethe of Denmark. One of the smallest but most interesting commissions included paintings of Waterton and Glacier National Parks for Canada Post’s $1.50 and $1.00 stamps. It has been a joy to accept invitations to teach acrylic painting workshops for many groups and organizations. My goal is always to help other artists understand the nature and possibilities of acrylic paint and discover new ways of using this artistic medium effectively and creatively.

  • MFA (Painting), Brigham Young University, Utah, 1974
  • BFA (Printmaking), Brigham Young University, Utah, 1972
  • 2010 Heinz Jordan Watercolour Award, CSPWC Open Water 2010, Toronto

2006 Alberta Centennial Medal
2005 Toni Stevens Award; Medallion for Best Painting, SCA Annual Members Juried Exhibition, Gallery on the Grand, Waterloo, ON
2004 Toni Stevens Award for painting in acrylic, SCA, Barber Gallery, Guelph, Ontario 

2002 Sam Black Award for outstanding transparent watercolour, CSPWC Open Water 77, Nova Scotia Public Archives, Halifax. Bobs and Peter Haworth Honour Award for painting in watercolour, CSPWC, Triangle Gallery, Calgary
1991 Watercolour presented by Alberta Government to Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
1986 Watercolour selected for the CSPWC Diamond Jubilee Collection of Watercolours presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the RoyalCollection of Drawings and Watercolours at Windsor Castle.




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What people are saying:

“Thanks for the fantastic DVD! I’ve always wanted to paint in acrylic but I was intimidated. After watching your DVD I can’t wait to get started. Excellent instruction! What a wealth of knowledge you have. What I like most is the loose, impressionistic way that you paint. I’ve always wanted to do that and now you’ve opened that door for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Mark V.