Oil on stretched canvas
I'm interested in the past and always feel a connection with what and who has gone before.
I've spent time reading about geneology and the connections to the UK on my mother's side of the family which stretch back to Dorset. Not surprising, as so many of Newfoundland inhabitants have roots in either England or Ireland. Going back into the 1600's was as far as I know and many of the towns in the south of England I knew from my time living there. Some of the villages I wish I could explore more now that I know their names and the connection with relatives who came from there in the 16 and 1700s onward.
I had known little about my father's side until I started my own explorations which traced back to the 1600s again before coming to a stop - back to Germany. The roots in Canada came direct from Germany with immigration in the 1700s. So while surnames altered in spelling over time, the trace from then to current roots was in place and neighbouring towns, Fox Point and Hubbards Cove, about 30 minutes outside of Halifax where families stayed and established life became reality.
I visited the area, walked the shores and beaches and revelled in the fact that ancestors walked there before me. And of course the water and boats pulled me in and this was one of my inspirations for this painting, which was painted thickly with a palette knife. The texture for the dory and water seemed to work well for this piece.