Bruce's body of work encompasses photography; computer imaging; oil and acrylic painting; video; sublimation imaging on metals, ceramics, fabric and other materials; sculpture in soapstone, serpentine, metal and wood; jewellery design. He has pioneered new imaging technologies and continues to be an innovator. He is a musician (keyboards and classical guitar), composing, performing and producing his own works.
A life-long naturalist, Bruce grew up in Ottawa, involved in the National Museum of Canada and in Scouting. His graphic and photographic images have been published since 1959 when he was a student member of an archaeological expedition to the Yukon Territory.
Bruce is CEO and Moderator of FASlink Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society (faslink.org). He has founded and operated his own businesses since 1972, (new technologies, manufacturing, imaging, and software), set precedents in family law and courtroom procedure, developed software for business, medical, investigative, and law offices, and led the Great FASD Horseback Ride and Trek across Canada.
For his pioneering work in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders he has received awards and been recognized by St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto), First Nations (Eagle Feathers) and with the Métis Honour Sash. He is a social activist, involved in both community and national issues.
Bruce is a member of the Artists Co-op By the River, Canadian Association for Photographic Art, The Sarnia Photographic Club, Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, and the Sarnia Computer Users Group. He on the Board of Directors of the International Symphony Orchestra, and Community Concerns for the Medically Fragile.
His work can be seen and purchased by appointment at his gallery at 2448 Hamilton Road, Bright's Grove, ON. Contact the artist by email at LBruceRitchie@gmail.com or phone 519-331-6408 or through acbr.com for an appointment or to discuss a project or image.
Original Mixed Media Paintings are available directly from the artist. Prints are available online here.
These mixed media paintings combine photography, computer imaging, and acrylic painting/sculpting on canvas. To change from 2 to 3 dimensions, the base image is hand painted using acrylics of various densities, colours and opacities. Detailed attention is paid to texture, using brushes and pallet knife to provide depth and the Fresnel effect. The acrylic becomes a bas relief sculpture.