I have recently realized that a fair bit of my artwork is inspired from Ontario’s provincial and national parks. Much of my work has been inspired by Algonquin, Killarney, Pukaskwa and the north shore of Lake Superior.
Nature is always inspirational. I’m inspired by light, colour and mood of landscape, especially northern landscape. My preference is to paint somewhat dreary days or cloudy days when the sun burst’s through the clouds and you have bright light against dark skies. Water is often in my paintings as I love the movement and sparkle of it.
This painting Turtle Island Killarney captures the moment right after a heavy down pour. The air is still heavy with moisture and the colours are vibrant against the dark sky. There’s a tiny gap in the clouds letting the sun barely touch the treetops. The water is smooth as silk and the air has that distinctive after the rain smell. It’s a perfect moment filled with calm, peace, quiet and freshness.
I was interested to learn that Killarney Provincial Park was largely created due to the effort of artists, particularly A.Y. Jackson. He learned that the land around OSA Lake was to be logged so he successfully petitioned the government to have it preserved. The land around the lake was put in trust to the Ontario Society of Artists, and it eventually became a provincial park.