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 preferred medium is oils and pencil sketching. He is mainly a self-taught artist who 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.