Grand Coast

39” x 114” (9.5’), oil on linen (2005) North of Bayfield Inlet, Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada

The inspiration for this painting occurred while canoeing along a stretch of Georgian Bay. After paddling our way through many ridges of submerged rock, I looked up to see this broad island. I returned later to hike up a nearby island that allowed just enough elevation to see past the nearby grasses. With the sun directly to my back, I enjoyed the lengthening shadows, as they stretched out over the foreground and the subtle magnificence of the scene. The study I began that evening led to this large painting, one that I hope conveys the feeling I had of being there, along with the peace I experienced.

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