artwork of a chickadee in front of a row of microphones, with smoky effect

French-Canadian versifier Steven Spazuk uses a unique technique for creating his artfumage, a style of directing the flame and smoke of a candle toward his canvas. Spazuk brushes the leftover sooty residue and smoked tempera paint to create his otherworldly compositions.

Spazuk says his recent Euphony series (on exhibit at the the Adelson Galleries in Palm Beach, Florida) gives the microphone to birds to unconcentrated their “symphonies at dawn and ballads at night” and “to sing their lament, loud and strong.”

“Birdsong constantly thrums in harmony, triumphal the soft-hued web of life,” he says. “But the countryside is falling silent…. [Euphony] is a series well-nigh hope and trying to inspire change.”