I was fortunate enough to have reason to go to Newfoundland this January, and experienced some winter in this beautiful harsh land. I was struck by how the house in this painting pulled me into this incredibly foreboding landscape. I am compelled by the paradoxal dance in Newfoundland of the relentless harshness of nature and the proportionally relentless human nurture. To me, this painting speaks to that. There this house sits, tucked into the shore, cozy and feeling safe against its wild, blustery and bone-chilling environment. It sits perilously on this hill, with only a single wire connecting it to the rest of civilization via wind-bent poles. Is the light on the porch lit by the sunset or by a light in the front of the house? The house pulls me in, either way. I am caught by its welcoming human spirit.
After loving this painting all winter long as I honed the details and the interesting colours, I packed it up and hauled it to Newfoundland, with four other paintings, to the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John's. I hope it's upcoming buyer loves it as much as I do. It was a real pleasure to paint!
It was fun after arriving in Old Perlican to our little house here, to drive up the coast to Daniel's Cove to see the same house in the summer time. Quite a bit different in the different season! This place is amazing, in all seasons. There is such beauty here, in so many manifestations.