Canadian painter Robert Genn, a landscape painter known for his distinctive style and his popular twice-weekly e-newsletter, was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, shocking and saddening his host of fans. He was recently interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the nine-minute radio interview is posted on Genn’s website.
A group of painters working on location in 2012 in the Bugaboo Mountains of British Columbia, with Robert Genn
In the piece, Genn expresses thanks for his “wonderful family” and demonstrates some acceptance of his condition. “I’ve been a painter all my life and have a sort of an open-minded attitude toward it, you might say a philosophical attitude,” he tells the CBC. “I had an unbelievable life and got away with a lot of stuff, you might say.”
“Picnic Point to Philip Glass Lake of the Woods,” by Robert Genn, acrylic, 30 x 34 in.
Genn also discusses the truckload of paintings he recently burned. “It’s the ultimate cleaning up of things you don’t want out in the world,” explains the artist. “I’d just rather have them gone, gone, gone.” Genn did pull a few paintings out of the stack right before they went into a bonfire. “A couple of them we brought back to the studio and I worked on them and they are … not bad,” he says with a laugh.
The 77-year-old artist told the CBC interviewer he expects to live three to six months.