Years ago, almost in another world it now seems, I was a busy drummer. I miss those days, I was happy in that role. There have always been two places in life that pleased my ambitions, art and drumming and on one drumming tour I did with a band into Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario. I realized I was just 30 mn drive from Algonquin Park. This was years before I had begun making regular trips to the park, I was still employed in with TD Bank Financial Group. This was the first time in my adult life when I was in such close proximity to Algonquin Park and I really wanted to get over and see it if I could.
We had an afternoon show that weekend and I decided rather than head off to bed, I would drive over and catch a sunset at Algonquin.
I arrived at the West Gate at approximately 6:30 pm and took my time driving along Hwy 60, the main route through the lower portion of Algonquin Park, the route most visitors take when coming up from the city. It takes you through all of the iconic lakes and trails as are known for the most dramatic views. As the time passed, and I knew I couldn't stay too late I decided I wanted to get in a good sunset to mark the day.
I remember the discovery of a little spot along the hwy, on the south side with a spectacular view of Smoke Lake. A little parking area only large enough for six or seven cars. The sun was low in the western sky and I decided to wait it out from that spot. It would reward with a lifetime impression. As the light grew dimmer and the outline of the northern sky and clouds became more pronounced I could feel the emotion of the night like no other time I had ever known. It would be the beginning of what I like to refer to as my dedication to the rendering of night in my paintings.
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.