“The Berry Picker, Greenspond”

"The Berry Picker, Greenspond", oil, 50"x35", private collection, Delaware, U.S.A.

"The Berry Picker, Greenspond", oil, 50"x35", private collection, Delaware, U.S.A.

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.

“David’s Studio, Sunset”

"David's Studio, Sunset", oil on canvas, 36"x48", private collection, Toronto, Ontario

"David's Studio, Sunset", oil on canvas, 36"x48", private collection, Toronto, Ontario

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.

“Cyril In The Sea Runner”

"Cyril In The Sea Runner", oil on panel, 12"x16", private collection, Ontario

"Cyril In The Sea Runner", oil on panel, 12"x16", private collection, Ontario

“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.