The Far North.
40" x 48" oil on canvas
Now available after returning from a private exhibition.
The Far North is from the James Bay area and is meant to capture a moment of the Northern Ontario experience, far from man's foot print.
Looking back over my career in art I have to say that one of the most memorable paintings for me is this one shown: The far north.
When I painted this I was just venturing out into the full time world of art and it was a vast uncharted experience for me. i was nervous, terrified (actually) and yet I had all the excitement that any traveller in a strange land would have. I was venturing out to a landscape that could make me or break me. I left a secure job at a major financial institution and had a family/mortgage to be concerned about.
I received this painting back from an exhibition recently and all of those memories flooded through my mind.
I'm glad I made that move, five years later, no regrets and it has been a learning path every step of the way. I look forward to where it goes from here. I trust God every day for his provision and he has never let me down.
The Far North. Far from here but close to my heart. I have been contemplating it quite a bit lately. Till late last night I watched a documentary on TVO that really drove the longing home. The Scottsman, carrying his banjo and a camera crew venture north from Nova Scotia to Baffin Island. There they become awestruck by the big skies, turquoise waters and sheer loneliness of the barren but beautiful landscape. I felt myself drawn in ever so much deeper than before. Not only wanting but needing to be there. Feeling so much emotion that my eye's were damp with passion.
I love the far north. The lands are mostly undiscovered and what has been discovered is far from danger.
The colours, the light, the massive sky. I want to be there. I need to be there, I need to paint it.
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.