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By the Lake’s Shore

Posted by on Apr 21, 2022 in Gallery

Have you ever wanted to just jump into a painting?

Well, this is one that I could literally jump into. It is the quintessential Northern Ontario scene along the shore of any lake. I can almost smell the dried pine needles on the ground—that wonderful earthy smell combined with the fresh breeze off of the lake. The sun makes its way through the trees and creates long afternoon shadows reaching out as though to grab your attention.

By the Lake’s Shore 18 x24 acrylic on canvas

I left this painting sitting unfinished on my easel while my attention was diverted with a journey away to a warmer climate. A family member that was minding our house and cat while we were away, was captured by it and claimed it on the spot!

Angel of Hope

Posted by on Jan 26, 2022 in Gallery

This painting was created as an addition to a series of angel paintings that I painted in 2019 as my contribution to the Elliot Lake Art Gallery’s “Angels Among Us” theme which celebrated the holiday season.

11 x 14 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

It weighed very heavy on my heart but I needed to release my emotions.

This native angel stands in recognition of truth and reconciliation and honors the lives of the lost children and the survivors of Canada’s residential schools. The angel brings us strength to deal with this truth, love for healing, and hope for a better future.

The moon casts its glow on us as our protector and watches over us.

The falling feathers were inspired by the lyrics from Neil Young’s song: “Birds”.

“…feathers fall around you, and show you the way to go home…”

Prints of this painting are also available for purchase. They are 8″ x 10″ set in an 11 x 14 mat with cardboard backing, ready for framing. Notecards 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ with white envelopes are $5 each of 3 for $12. Shipping costs are extra.

The Road North

Posted by on May 4, 2021 in Gallery

Driving on this road north holds many good memories.
12″ x 36″ acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas – SOLD

Anyone who lives or who has lived in Elliot Lake, Ontario at any time is very familiar with Highway 108, the 30 km stretch of highway that leads into the town from the Highway 17 turnoff. But not everyone has driven it to its’ most northern tip beyond the city where the highway ends and merges into Highway 639. At this point, you can still see part of the old road that turned off to right towards Quirke Mine, which no longer exists.

Comments from a Facebook post featuring the painting:

“I seen this painting and in my heart I knew it was E.L 💜 you’ve got the big whispy white pines perfectly (I live in AB now but grew up in Elliot Lake. I knew right away it was the 108!).”, and

“Absolutely stunning! I am familiar with that area. My brother worked in the mines. Really captured well.”

You would travel on Highway 639 on your way to Mississagi Provincial Park, or Laurentian Lodge, a beautiful log home with rental cottages on Flack Lake, or up to meet Highway 546 on your way east to Wilderness Lodge, or west to follow the Little White River, all the way around to Iron Bridge which brings you back to Highway 17! We still call this route along the river, “The Little White River Road”.

If you were a miner you would regularly travel along this highway back and forth at all hours on your shifts to Denison, Quirke 1 & 2, Panel, or Stanrock Mines.

This stretch of highway still holds on to many of its characteristics of earlier days like the old guard rails. The asphalt gives way to a more compressed gravel and it’s seems to get narrower the further you go.

We’ve driven this road many a time, often in the spring and most definitely in the fall. The views and the vistas from the high elevations are absolutely breathtaking! There is bush as far as the eye can see, and the colours in the northern fall forest are stunning! Mother Nature is an awesome artist!

After a long winter, Elliot Lakers often get a yearning to go somewhere! When they aren’t in the mood for a highway drive east or west to the larger cities, they will often drive the road north. The breathtaking beauty of the scenic nature here has a way of rejuvenating us.

Morning Calm on Dunlop Lake

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in Gallery

Last summer, I was approached by a relative who asked me to paint a picture to hang over their couch in their new home. Sure, I agreed, though at that time I had no idea what and when I would ever paint it.

One benefit of all this homestay during this Covid-19 lockdown has been my ability to focus on painting. Painting grabs my attention completely and the time that passes is of no concern. It is a wonderful and rewarding escape from reality!

Dunlop Lake painting
Morning Calm on Dunlop Lake – 48″ x 32″ acrylic on canvas – Commissioned

We’ve spent many good times together at the cottage that sits behind this view on Dunlop Lake. On this particular morning, the lake was quite calm and left you with a feeling of peace and serenity. What a perfect image to hang in the home in the city many miles and worlds away from this scene.

I hope it brings them a sense of calmness, and memories of all the wonderful times spent there for many years to come.

Cattails and Beaver Dams

Posted by on Jan 21, 2021 in Gallery

We often go walking or snowshoeing on the hiking trails that surround the Sheriff Creek Wildlife Sanctuary just on the outskirts of Elliot Lake. The trails and the scenery are beautiful no matter the season.

Painting of Cattails around a bog
Cattails and Beaver Dams 20″ x 24″ acrylic painting – SOLD

Cattails are a pretty common sight in this area. These cattails border a large bog that is also home to a beaver dam or two.

If bird-watching is your thing this is the place for you, as a local group of volunteers: the Penokean Hills Field Naturalists, have birdhouses and feeders erected on many of the trees. I captured a hungry little chickadee enjoying a mid-winter treat in my painting titled “Chickadee Snacktime”.

Bears have been spotted on the trails too, so beware!

Evening Paddle

Posted by on Nov 7, 2020 in Gallery

This painting combines some things that I’m pretty fond of…. summertime, sunsets and sunrises, being out on the lake canoeing or kayaking, and my son!

Evening Paddle, 18 x 24 acrylic on canvas

The inspiration for this painting came from a photo taken when my son was on a camping trip to Algonquin Provincial Park with some of his buddies several years ago.

The sunset ranks among the most colourful I’ve ever seen. It seems like the sky was on fire!