David C. Armstrong, having painted for many decades, has an affinity for Tom Thomson's bold use of colour and texture resulting in this compelling painting. The birch trees on a hill surrounded by colour including the rich blue of the lake peeking out from behind makes for a stunning piece.
Image Size: 9"x11" Framed size: 16" x 18"
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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!”