by Tina Olivero

    Grant Boland: Newfoundland Artist Blows Your Mind

    A truly gifted artist, Grant Boland brings the canvas to life, with colour, line and form in his own masterful way. Each painting tells a story as unique as the person’s perspective who is viewing it.

    Grant: “I grew up in Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay. Some of my earliest memories have been of drawing or watching my father draw or paint. And because of my father’s interest in art (he was also an art teacher in school), there were always art history reference books and art materials around. There were also three working and successful artists with studios not far from me: Mary Pratt, Christopher Pratt and Scott Goudie. This was all proof to me as a child, that such artistic pursuits weren’t frivolous, and the thing I loved most was something I could build a life around. I love to work in all genres. My preference is to use unfinished narratives. This is where I leave the viewer with enough questions that they must complete the story in their own way.”

    Grant: “My preference is to use unfinished narratives. This is where I leave the viewer with enough questions that they must complete the story in their own way. I’ve been painting almost my whole life, and its only within the last few years that I began to look at what I do as a business. This is partially because I enjoy what I do and it doesn’t feel like work to me. But it’s also because I left art school lacking the tools needed to begin my career on a solid footing. It’s interesting to see that business and engineering schools have begun to introduce the arts into their curriculum to make a more well-rounded school experience. Art schools need to start introducing business perspectives. If you look at any successful artist, it is clear that they both love what they do, and that they treat what they do as a business. An artist must take their passion and talents and use them to stand out and become financially solvent. No one else will do it for you.”

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      Tina Olivero

      30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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