Volume 6 Issue 1
a b o u t t h e a r t i s t
Lowell Royer was born and lives in Dominica. He attended the Massacre Primary School, Dominica Grammar School (2000), and the Dominica State College (2003). Lowell lives in Massacre. "I [have been] drawing ever since I was a baby and was given a crayon to play with and never completely stopped ever since. Been painting for 11 years off and on but only took it seriously a few years ago. I have participated in numerous national exhibitions and was awarded 3rd prize in 1998[. I] also exhibited at the Ross University at Portsmouth. I exhibited in Barbados once with my uncle, Earl Ettiene, and Ellingworth Moses[. I] went to Martinique with Attainea Toulon and her mom, and Shadrach Burton to do some outdoor painting while Grammacks was performing at a concert. Iíve been doing murals and a lot of commercial work like signs, t-shirts and souvenirs. Iím capable of doing anything related to drawing and painting, and my other love is tattooing for which Iím well known around Dominica. Thatís why I call myself: Artistic Illusionist/Tattoo Doctor. I have no art schooling yet, apart from the constant guidance of my uncle, but hope to attend some form of art school to help improve my skill and to give me the right nudge to work much harder.
Apart from striving to have enough paintings to finally hold my first solo exhibition, I actually hope to change the world with my art. I love nature and try to paint it in its raw beauty, so when others see my work I hope they fall in love with it and try to do what is in their power to keep and preserve not only the Nature Isle (Dominica), but the entire planet Earth as well."
a b o u t t h e w o r k
Acrylic on canvas
"It is named 'Chapeau Paille' and the idea came to me after using a straw hat to do some outdoor painting. I wanted to do something with a young child wearing a much oversized straw hat, but decided to change it into a more adult figure because of the height of the canvas. My paintings usually boast Dominica's beauty but in this one I needed the little shade underneath the straw heart to feel like an oasis and felt that the best way was to do a really dry and hot scene, hence the desert. The dog adds a nice cozy feeling to the piece which makes the shade more inviting."
Warming My Tail
Acrylic on canvas
"'Warming My Tail' came from my bird watching experience. I love birds and I fed hummingbirds every single day at home, with a hummingbird feeder. One special hummingbird, a 'purple throated Caribí which I named 'Sentinelí, claimed the feeder and was like a pet to me. It learnt to trust me and would sometimes fly right up to my face to catch mosquitoes or other small insects. So I had ample time to study itís behaviour and saw it one early morning with itís tale feathers spread out over itís wings to catch the rays of the sunóbecause it did this only when the sun was hitting it. I was amazed so I rushed in to create a painting of what Iíd just seen."