Canoeing at Killarney, Ontario
24" x 20" acrylic on stretched canvas; finished edges ready to hang. 2019
Artist's Notes: Killarney is situated at the north end of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay. The Canadian Shield landscape is starkly beautiful, with the shiny white of the LaCloche Mountains sporting pockets of evergreens. Other evergreens, like this little pine tree in the foreground, are hundreds of years old and cling to life rooted into the very rock itself. Killarney is accessible by a single road from the Sudbury area as well as by water. It is a favourite of yachtsmen and paddlers alike!
Strathroy Fountain, McKinlay-Paul Park
16" x 20" Acrylic on stretched canvas, finished edges, ready to hang.
Artist's Notes: This antique water fountain was typical of fountains found across Canada and the US in the Edwardian Era (1901-1914). This fountain is located in McKinlay-Paul Park in the Town of Strathroy, west of London, Ontario. It was refurbished (as a community groups project) along with the surrounding parkette and dedicated in the 1990s. It is a shady, peaceful spot to sit and read a book with the water splashing down into the pool below. Situated at a point of green space it has roads on two of its three sides.
Pebbles on Bayfield Beach, Lake Huron
14" x 18" acrylic on stretched canvas; finished edges ready to hang. 2016
Artist's Notes: Not everything landscape is big and distant. This view is of pebbles on a beach at Bayfield, a charming small village with a very busy yachting harbour and tourist mainstreet on Lake Huron's shoreline. This view catches the sun reflecting off stones and pebbles, casting shadows. Darker lines in the sand are from the runoff of the water back towards the lake as the waves come in and out. Leaves and seaweed sit forgotten.
Fishing Village, Quebec North Shore
24" x 48" acrylic on stretched canvas; finished edges ready to hang. 2009
Artist's Notes: This canvas portrays a charming fishing village along Quebec's North Shore, between the city of Sept-Iles and the border of Labrador. It was settled long ago by hardy Newfoundlanders. On this day the morning sun lit up the fishing shacks. A trawler is seen chugging out onto the St. Lawrence for a day of cod fishing. Note the rocky shore!
Day At The Beach, Cavendish, P.E.I.
16" x 20" acrylic on stretched canvas; finished edges ready to hang. 2010
Artist's Notes: Prince Edward Island just may be the most charming place in Eastern Canada...The Cavendish beaches along its northern coast were the setting for Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. The red sand beaches are pretty and inviting. Mind you, the water's cold!
Lake Huron Sunset, Goderich
12" x 16" acrylic on stretched canvas; finished edges ready to hang. 2007
Artist's Notes: Lake Huron is one of the five Great Lakes. All but Lake Michigan are shared with our American cousins. Lake Huron prides itself as being Ontario's West Coast, and the place were you will find the most breath-taking sunsets possible, such as this height of land overlooking the lake near Goderich.
Round Bales, Denfield, Ontario
16" x 20" acrylic on stretched canvas; finished edges ready to hang. 2002
Artist's Notes: Ontario is not all cottage country or big city urbanity. In fact, it is Canada's largest producer of agricultural products. Here is a typical scene near Denfield in southwestern Ontario. By early June, first cutting of hay is done and it's round baled and left drying in the sun. Many fields will replicate this scene twice annually. I have often remarked how they remind me of pills spilled out onto a table and standing on edge!
Rock Glen Falls, Arkona, Ontario
10" x 12" acrylic on canvas board - 2006
Artist's Notes: Ontario is not quite flat, except along it's northern Arctic coast and down in the southwest. The Bruce Trail edges along the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario. In the southwest, rivers meander their way through former forests that are now farmland. Here and there water falls, as it does at Rock Glen, outside the village of Arkona, falling into the Ausable River. The falls at Rock Glen are pretty and run all year, albeit less in winter and during any long dry spells. At those times, you can pick fossils out of the cliff. At the park above the falls is a small archaeology museum worth a visit
Russel Island Light, Tobermory, Ontario
10"x12" acrylic on stretched canvas, finished edges, ready to hang - 2008
Artist's Notes: This typical red and white striped lighthouse greets passengers aboard the Chee-Cheeman ferry coming from Manitoulin Island into Tobermory Harbour. The lighthouse along with the keeper's home and lifeboat are on a point of land on Russel Island, one of numerous offshore islands that are part of Fathom Five National Marine Park, the best place for scuba diving in Canada, with dozens of shipwrecks in shallow waters. Lighthouses like this warned ship captains of unseen danger.
33 Arches Bridge, Isfahan, Iran
30"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas, finished edges, ready to hang - 2014