I wanted to try a different interpretation of portraiture in this painting. I loved the deep red of David’s Studio, the bare wood and the bright white all together, almost like a flag.
In the autumn in Newfoundland, you will see people off in fields, at the sides of roads, or on a hillside, picking berries. Cloud berries, partridge berries, blue berries…all of these are made into jam and preserves and remind me of Newfoundland. Milly Bragg was one such berry picker, and she posed for me on this hillside in the beautiful little village of Greenspond.
Newfoundland is all about the wind, glorious reds and clear blues for me. Everything is fresh and pure and salty. It is unforgettable. This painting was inspired by the glow of the lights inside David Blackwood’s studio in Wesleyville,Newfoundland, looking out towards Bennett’s Island.
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)/ its always ourselves we find in the sea”. ~E.E. Cummings
While I was staying at David Blackwood’s studio in Wesleyville, Newfoundland, his childhood friend Cyril took me out to visit some small islands in his family’s Sea Runner. He was such a kind man, with sparkling blue eyes.
“In ancient Egypt cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have not forgotten this.” ~Terry Pratchett