48"x72" Oil on canvas
available for sale
The story behind the painting:
I have a wonderful Father. (Mother too!) But it was my father who, being from a rural small farm town in New Brunswick, came to Toronto at the age of 16, and soon after married and begun his family in the far out suburbs. He made certain every vacation to pack us all up in the family van and travel. Mostly to New Brunswick to visit family, but along the way we often detoured all over Northern Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast. I like to say there isn't much between Toronto and Halifax that I haven't seen.
When I grew older I continued those travels on my own. Now I can honestly say that there really isn't much of this great land I have not seen. Those travels have made permanently etched images into my heart and a few years ago I decided to bring together those elements into one significant large canvas. I call it "Memories", for it is not of a specific place, but rather of many.
I have kept Memories with me most of the time but recently exposed it to the public a the Algonquin Park Gallery. Now it is home with me again. Perhaps it speaks to you? You can discuss acquisition with me any time by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The light that guides you in the night
Most of us know what it's like, that feeling late at night when all the lights go out. It's that time when you are alone with your issues, your concerns and worries. Theres no one there to help you though it and you must find your own way through to the morning light.
I recently had a rather in depth conversation with someone close to me about making ones way through to the light. We talked about how in life there will always be issues, problems and trials, but it's not the trials that make us, it's how we navigate them to the other side that matter. There is always a light at the other side of our troubles and it's critical that we press on until we get through.
So here is my latest Northern Lights rendering and it is all about the light that guides us. Even in the darkest night we have a light that we can follow that guides us through to the other side of night. It's glow is sometimes dim and sometimes bright but if we just keep our minds set on that light and follow through, we will be ok.
Change of Season
It wouldn't be life if every day was predictable. Mine certainly has been full of ups and downs as they say, like any good sailor I do my best to ride the waves.
To say that an artists work reflects the experiences he/she is going through is something I never paid much attention too. I heard it said many times but it never really mattered much to me until I began to travel through rough waters life. While my career as a full time artist has continued strong and growing every day, I have seen my share of personal struggles and grief this past year. I didn't really notice the trend in my work of moving into dark themes but it became clear through the questions of patrons and collectors that a change had been noticed.
As much as I try to resist, I must admit that my paintings have directly reflected my turmoil.
The days of difficulty have yet to pass but I see the light, and it's not far off. I am appreciative of the wonderful support of friends and family through this period in my life, and I say hang in there friends, the best is yet to come
The Artists Journey
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I invite your replies and comments, on my virtual welcome mat.
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.