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Posted by on Feb 9, 2024 in Gallery

“I am a Rock” – 2

“I am a Rock” – 2

I am a Rock – 2, 12′ x 12″ acrylic painting on gallery-wrapped canvas by Cornelia Svela

I get cold just looking at this picture! I’m looking forward to painting the next one in the series which will be set in summer!

This is the second painting in a series featuring the rock off of the Spruce Beach in my hometown of Elliot Lake. Usually, the lake is frozen solid, and ski doos are whipping across the lake, as well as cross-country skiers and ice fishermen. Not this year. 2024 marks the first year in many where the winter has been unusually mild.

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2024 in Gallery

I Am A Rock

I Am A Rock

I Am A Rock – 12″ x 12″ Acrylic Painting – $300

“I am a rock, I am an island”

– Simon & Garfunkel

The Elliot Lake rock off of Spruce Beach in my hometown of Elliot Lake, Ontario, has become an icon for the city. Anyone who has grown up in this mining town will know it well since Spruce Beach was one of the major hangouts on a hot summer’s day.

I still make a point of swimming out to the rock every summer. An achievement I continue to be proud to check off! The rock is beyond the area patrolled by the lifeguards so there are warnings that to swim there—you do so at your own risk!

Since the famous rock has been photographed, painted, and graphically stylized countless times, it was not a priority of mine until I was approached by a fellow Elliot Laker to take that on. They were looking for something different!

I’m very happy with the result!

This particular painting is a fall image. There will be 4 more paintings added to this series…

winter, summer, and spring, plus a wide landscape image including the beach itself in the foreground.

So stay tuned! This is only the beginning!

There are several options if you are interested in purchasing:

1.) The original canvas is available for purchase (12″ x 12″)

2.) It is also available as a framed print under glass with a 3″ white mat board and a black wood frame – finished size 19″ x 19″,

3.) A mounted canvas reproduction (12″ x 12″), with or without a recessed wood black frame (13″ x 13″).

Contact me at if you’re interested.

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2023 in Gallery

The Breakwater

The Breakwater

The Breakwater | 30′ x 60″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

You might look at this painting and think…it’s just a piles of rocks! But this pile of rocks was intentionally placed in this location to serve as a breakwater on Lake Huron, one of our amazing “Great Lakes” in Ontario.

Everyone needs some type of breakwater as we go through our lives. That wall of strength that we resort to during times of rough waters. The wall of strength that holds back the rough waters with the strong winds and waves that keep bashing in, and provide that calm protected space where we can find shelter.

It’s the largest painting I’ve completed to date! It seemed a little daunting to begin with but once I got the bigger brushes out it seemed to paint itself. A lesson to myself…don’t let “size” get in the way!

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Gallery

Sandy Point

Sandy Point

Life is always better at the beach. – anonymous

20×24 acrylic
Sandy Point

We made our way by canoe to Sandy Point on Elliot Lake. Actually, we were on our way to a wonderful sandy beach across the lake that I remember going to with my family when I was a kid. Well, I later found out that we overshot it by quite a piece. But ending up at this lovely spot was pretty nice too. There was a fire pit, so we made a fire, roasted some hot dogs and marshmallows and had a nice break there. Nothing soothes the soul more than a walk along a sandy beach.

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Gallery

October on the Lake

October on the Lake

16″ x 20″ Acrylic – SOLD

Last October, we were blessed with some beautiful sunny days and we didn’t hesitate to take advantage of them including some family hiking, canoeing and walks down to the lake.

This was our first fall in Elliot Lake, a time I had eagerly looked forward to. It had been at least 40 years since I had experienced a northern autumn and I looked forward to the brilliant reds that we didn’t see as much in Southern Ontario. Many Elliot Lakers were disappointed in the lack of intensity and brilliance of the fall colors this year. It was blamed on the long and rainy summer and the warm fall weather that didn’t include the usual amount of frosty mornings and cool overnight temperatures.

Despite that, the fall was a wonderful time, and we can’t be happier in our new home in Elliot Lake.

I’ve been happily rediscovering this lovely city and the natural beauty that surrounds it. I think growing up here, I took so much of its beauty for granted. I plan to continue exploring all the area has to offer.

I’m excited too, to be showing this painting and offering it for sale in the Elliot Lake Arts Club Annual Christmas Show & Sale, along with my blank note cards. It’s just the beginning. Stay tuned for more!


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