The Cotswolds, a well-loved area in England is designated as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty", As such, it is not surprising that this artist would love painting landscapes of the Cotswolds. David C. Armstrong is well-known for the texture and wide colour palette in painting North American scenes. Paintings of this part of England are a rare treat, and what a stunning one! The texture and skillful use of a wide colour palette (as seen in the photograph of the detail) to capture the atmosphere of this rural scene is compelling. Another oil gem by this Canadian artist.
Framed size: 14 1/2" x 18 1/4", Image size: 10 1/2" x 14" The piece is framed with a custom frame made and finished by the artist to complement the painting.
Available at the gallery only, Cedar Lake Studios, 27 Ainslie St. N. Cambridge, ON.
The Artist: David C. Armstrong started painting as a boy, growing up in Ottawa, Ontario. He studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and then at the Art Center Los Angeles. In L.A. he instructed at the Butler Fine Arts School. He has painted in three primary mediums. In Toronto, he painted abstracts and figures. Moving to the Georgian Bay area, he painted in the footsteps of the Group of Seven, establishing his reputation as an oil painter. In the early 90's, when he relocated to Brentwood Bay just outside Victoria, BC he painted the island villages, the rugged coast, and the West Coast sky, mostly in watercolour. Since returning to Ontario he has been using acrylics “and my work is larger and looser because of it”. David tailor-makes his own frames from white pine or basswood for each painting. The frames are wide, painted to show layers of colour in the old traditional way of gesso with a patina worked into the surface, and appropriate to his style of painting. ”As an easel artist, I paint vertically and directly. Most paintings are done 'a la prima'. I paint where I am; and farms, villages, and urban landscapes are frequent themes.” “I paint with a young boy’s enthusiasm, and an old man’s eye!”