Artist Supplies & Custom Framing
Our goal at The Painted Tree is to provide Cobourg, Port Hope and the surrounding Northumberland area with professional framing, a full range of art supplies from professional grade to student lines and friendly, knowledgeable staff. We make custom framing and exploring your artistic talent easy. We are always adapting our product lines to accommodate artists of all levels.
I barely remember a time that my eyes didn’t follow the ragged edge of an old pine against the sky, a reflection in a puddle or an early morning mist rising from a lake. Over the years, I’ve turned my hand to a number of other subjects, but it’s the landscape that is a constant source of visual interest. My aim is to convey the beauty I find, often in ordinary every day scenes, and elevate them to something extraordinary. Nature doesn’t need much help – nudge up the intensity of colour here, deepen a shade there and suddenly late afternoon shadows sweeping across a cornfield become something magical. I don’t think in terms of an agenda or message for my viewers. It’s the process of creating art that is the purpose for me. But in our ever more virtual world, if my work causes the viewer to reconsider their relationship with the natural world, or re-establish some other spiritual connection, then that is the highest possible compliment.
Some Background: I trained as a graphic artist after which I worked as an illustrator for several years using watercolour and pastels as my main mediums. In time, I tired of the unpredictable income and sometimes poor art direction and now paint only for myself. Oils are a relatively new medium for me and I’m enjoying the flexibility of this medium as well as my new freedom of artistic choice.
Recent Shows and Workshops
“The Language of Colour and Light” with international artist Mary Gilkerson
“Paint Provence” with international artist Julie Snyder
“Painting in Provence” with Maggie Siner
The Colborne Art Gallery 4th Juried Show
The Cavan/Millbrook Outdoor Painting Festival
-Honourable mention for “Rural Fieldscape”
Solo Show – The Human Bean, Cobourg Ontario
Plein Air Workshop with international artist Ian Roberts
The Colborne Art Gallery 5th Juried Show
Member of the Ontario Plein Air Society
When my studio is not the great outdoors, I work from my studio in Cobourg, Ontario.