“The Oregon Cost,” by Paul Price
Bayberry Hill Studio and Gallery
(please click on the paintings to enlarge them)
I was just browsing the internet in search of sites that feature artists who have guided my own short career as an artist. Anna Syperek gave me the encouragement that led me to take paintings to Lygthesome Gallery. However, one day, I decided to show some of my paintings to Dr Price, my ophthalmologist and an artist. Well, he also made several helpful comments.
In an online interview, Paul stated the following:
I like to paint big, rhythmic things. I like bold colours – like that poem, like the landscape itself – something that people can’t walk past. I don’t want them to be able to walk past.
He lengthens the days, the weeks, the months…
Paul has a profession. It must be difficult for him to find the time and energy to paint. Yet very few artists are more devoted to their art than Paul, and very few are more productive. Dr Price lengthens the days, weeks and months to produce yet another beautiful Canadian painting.
Back to animism
However, although he seems to have been influenced by the Group of Seven, Paul Price does not paint Algonkian landscapes. He paints Newfoundland and Labrador, but not Newfoundland and Labrador as they are. Paul paints Newfoundland and Labrador as he sees them. His landscapes and seascapes are conditioned by a personal vision visited upon landscapes and seascapes. His paintings are not simply representational, but re-presentational, as I used the term in my recent blog on “The Velveteen Rabbit and animism.” Paul’s paintings reveal a creative mind.
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In Antigonish, Paul lived in a very large old house, perhaps a former inn or auberge, located by the ocean. I never walked down to the beach side of his property, but I would presume, a sailboat was at the ready. But he came to my “dinners,” and I remember his pouring me a glass of wine so I would sit at my piano and play my very own “songs without words.”
Paul’s biography is on websites that feature painting: oils, watercolours, prints, etc. from his abundant collection. Paul is very eclectic. In fact, he does not always paint landscapes. Moreover, the works of other artists are exhibited in his Gallery.
I may never see Paul again, but I wish to salute a gentleman who has already stretched his life beyond the years afforded him by destiny.
My love to Paul and my love to my readers.
“Belkers Woods,” by Paul Price
May 3, 2012
Mendelssohn Songs Without Words
Op 19 No. 1 Andante con moto Sweet rememberances
(please click on the above link to hear the music)