Origin: Labrador City, Labrador - St. John's, Newfoundland
Snowden is many things all bundled up into one: An artist, an author, a writer, a musician and a teller of tales to name a few (his friends no doubt have other descriptive terms that might apply)! In the past he has been a garbage collector, a ditch (and manure!) digger, a provincial park ranger, a downhill racer, ski bum and a Canadian Ski Instructor’s Alliance member. He’s stocked beer coolers and grocery shelves, bussed tables, driven delivery trucks, shoveled iron ore, laid railway track and is a Naval Architect. He’s worked with the Canadian and US Military in the design of warships, done commercial marine design, offshore & subsea facilities and somehow manages to hold down a day job (most of the time)! His Multi Media artwork has been exhibited in several shows over the years, he’s had some sales of water colour and acrylic paintings and has continued to provide illustration and cartoon work for publications such as the Downhome Life Magazine for decades.
Recently he established his online presence with the development of his website for Random Sound Studio. This site is a ‘live’ site as he is constantly updating it to include additional material. As it is, the site contains his blog which he updates regularly, a collection of writings he’s done, a large sample of illustrations and drawings, copies of his cartoon strip ‘Sculpin Tickle’ (a personal account of growing up in Labrador West during the 60’s and 70’s) and last but not least, samples of musical recordings he’s worked on as he progressed towards the release of "Migration Songs", his new CD of original songs. As well, there are links to other sites such as the RPM Challenge (www.rpmchallenge.com) where he has participated in the challenge over the years, contributing 5 albums of original recordings under the band name ‘Alive Underground’.
His most valued relationships remain with friends, family and his children.
An ‘Artist’ can be defined as someone that takes stimuli from the physical world and merges it with the imagination in such a manner that the sum of the union becomes something entirely new and original. The nature of the media is inconsequential and the resulting ‘art’, as always is open to interpretation. An artist is compelled to create through action, to draw, to paint, to sing, to write, to play, to sculpt…to do.
There are no rules or boundaries to art. One is not necessarily limited to being a draughtsman, a photographer, a painter or writer or musician or any of those. An artist can be all or none; he or she must simply create, driven by the self, unable to do otherwise.
I am, and have been all my life, moved to draw. As a child, when other children were playing, I could be found with pencil in hand, reacting to the world around me, drawing my thoughts and feelings. As I aged my pencil broadened to become a toolbox of colours, pens, paints, brushes, canvas and such until even those were limiting. My interpretations of my world required me to explore the offerings of poetry & prose and of lyric & music. It is a path I’ve trod for all my life, ever curious, ever expanding. I cannot stop this momentum, nor would I care to.
Like every one of us, I am an Artist. My work speaks to the values I place on the environment I live in, the people in my life and the interactions of mind and body which move me in many ways. I am a conduit of interpretation.