Since 1962, Herb van der Staay has been painting with a number of Ottawa artists. He studied at the Ottawa School of Art under Bruce Heggtveit, Robert Hyndman and others. His oeuvre is comprised largely of works in oil and works in pencil. He enjoys plein air painting and is inspired by the colours and space of the Canadian landscape.
“Nature is the ultimate teacher—it teaches us to see colour, light, shadows and shapes and to feel the moment. It is a challenge to put feelings and impressions on canvas and to connect with the viewer.”