Red Algonquin Sky
8" x 10" oil on canvas
Photograph compliments of Elizabeth McLoughlin
The proverbial treadmill, I have a real one and I should use it way more than I actually do, however, the treadmill I'm referring to is the one we all are on every day. Maybe not everyone, I know some have a pretty good life, but for most of us the demands of life have us running on a proverbial fast paced treadmill. From our responsibilities to others, to family, to the mountains of useless stuff we own and not the least are the responsibilities to our very own selves.
When I was a child I admired artists who made their living from their craft. I grew up dreaming of becoming a career artist but I had no idea what such a life involved and I would learn surely enough. Artists become aware soon that they must not only become a creator, also a marketing expert, a web designer, also a distribution expert and so on and so on. Not to mention the more important responsibilities of family and personal care.
The pandemic came along, as soon as that broke out things began to change rapidly. All cultural events halted, the ability to show art face to face came to a sudden stop! I remember thinking artists were dead in the water, that I would be forced to take a break from this treadmill that was my life. Until yet another curve appeared. To my utter surprise shoppers of all types began shifting to online avenues. My web traffic exploded and suddenly people who were previously hesitant to commit to buying art online began emailing with their requests. It was the most pleasant surprise. The treadmill continued.
One year stretched into two and in the process I began to realize that I wanted to take greater control of my path and life. I made the conscious decision that once shows and events began to happen again, that I would take a step away from them and would focus more on my own personal health and wellbeing. Me time, I suppose you could call it.
There were other changes that seemed important to me during that period and I have gradually been implementing them.
Today I find myself painting most days as always, but the busy life that was mine before the pandemic is for the most part, no longer the way for me.
What is important in life? Each person must answer that for themselves, for me I believe my faith, my family and my health come before all else. I thank God for this wonderful privilege I enjoy of making my life and living around the art that I love. I have been so remarkably blessed.
As long as I have breath in me I still live to paint this beautiful land we live in here in Canada. I still wander around on day trips for my art, it's what I refer to as my Research & Development department. The only way to properly paint the land is to actually experience it. My travels happen randomly, very little planning, just an impulsive get up and go life style and I couldn't be happier. When I travel I generally set out a plan but along the way if a right or left turn seems more appealing, off I go!
Life still has it's treadmill moments, for this artist I have chosen to step off and to release myself of its demands. I have chosen to follow my heart and paint for the love. How honored I am to see that you continue to seek out my work and add them to your welcoming homes.
Let's see what the future brings, every corner offers adventure and challenges. I'm here for it, I'm built for that.
Sunrise at Canoe Lake
10" x 8" oil on canvas
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.