Keeping in mind of Canada 150....The first piece is called “Woodland Shadow”50”w x 55”h GPS coordinates 46º53’17” N 66º03’04” W
I titled the piece “Woodland Shadow” because wherever one goes in the forest, these bold little woodland friends always follow behind you like your shadow, hoping they will get a little treat like a piece of sandwich or some other treat. A number of years ago, I was in the woods deer hunting, all of a sudden I heard this noise in behind me.
Thinking it was a deer I froze and remained as quiet as could be. I then got the start of my life when this Grey Jay flew over my shoulder and landed on my boot as I was sitting on the ground.
The Jay then proceeded to jump up on my lap and stole a piece of my sandwich right out of my hand and then flew off without even a word of thank you.
You are never alone in the woods and the Canada Jay is always sure to be there not far behind, just like your shadow. In New Brunswick, the local woodsman call them Gorby.
I have heard them called Whiskey Jack, Fledgling Bird and Begger Bird.
A little bit of folklore as well.
Although I grew up in the city, I was a country boy at heart. Now I live where my heart and imagination have always resided and go to the city only to visit museums and galleries and to pick up art supplies. I fish, hunt, canoe and beach-comb. I hike through forests, across tundra, along rocky shorelines. I note the moods of the changing weather and seasons and marvel how a well-beloved landscape can change its appearance from one day to the next, one hour to the next. This is my world and this is what I paint.
As Picasso said, “I don’t search for things, I find them.” Once I get to know an area I recognize almost instinctively what I want to paint. The more familiar you are with an area or landscape, the more aware you are of its details, its nuances. You develop a sense of its intrinsic nature—its soul. And I’ve come to realize that I’m not only trying to portray the visual world in my painting, I’m saying something about my spiritual response to the land and its dynamic harmonies, as well.
I believe that every work of art should in some way be a revelation. It should change us in some degree–both viewer and artist.
As an artist, I like to build my own stretchers and stretch my own canvases. It's like an architect selecting the materials for a building he has designed. It's part of the process of making art. At this point in my career, my medium of choice is acrylics. I find the medium the best of two worlds – watercolors and oils. You can work with them like watercolors, building up thin washes of different colors to get the illusion of a totally different color. Acrylics can also be used like oils to create thick, heavy impastos where you can actually get a sense of the texture of the paint on the canvas and see your brush strokes if desired. I as well like to paint large canvases of epic landscapes and seascapes in the romantic landscape tradition. I find they do justice to the subject matter. The size recognizes the grandeur of the landscape. I attribute part of my style to the luminists and their use of light and tranquil settings. They have always impressed me. Although my paintings have been inspired by real places, they serve as metaphors for me, a narrative of my life, about who I am and what's important to me and how I see myself as part of the natural world.
I am, as well, trying to say something about my spiritual response to the land and its dynamic harmonies. What I hope to impact people with, who view my work is a reminder of who and where we are in relation to our natural surroundings and above all a sense of respect and reverence for it.
Peter Gough was born in Nova Scotia in 1947. He has a home and studio in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Gough began his art education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, having received a scholarship to the college in 1969. Three years later, Gough attended Andrews University in Michigan, USA and continued his fine art education under the influence of sculpture Allan Collins, who designed the Kennedy Memorial for John F. Kennedy at Runnymede.
A realist painter, Gough is influenced by his rural surroundings and is constantly aware of the challenges it faces by urban progress. Firmly rooted in the physical reality of the places he chooses, at a moment in time, his paintings are imbued with a luminosity that transcends realism.
“His work is sheer magic. The magic lies in the essence of light.”
Tom Butterfield, Masterwork Foundation, Bermuda
Gough has exhibited in the United States, Scotland, England and Canada. He is represented in galleries across Canada and the U.K. His works are in many private, corporate and public collections throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. One of his paintings was presented to his Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on his royal tour to Canada in 1997.
|Acrylic on canvas
|55 x 50 in. $21500