Island Images: Memories of Home

Greetings from beautiful Grand Manan Island – now ranked third on a list of the “World’s Seven Best Small Islands” which was recently compiled by Readers Digest. Grand Manan ranked just ahead of Santorini, and it was the only Canadian island to make the list.

I was born on Grand Manan, and this New Brunswick island was my home for the first 18 years of my life. There will always be a special place in my heart for this wonderful island and the people who live here.

Grand Manan has a growing arts community that consists of both island regulars and summer residents. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit my work at the Grand Manan Art Gallery from June 30 to July 12. The show consisted of 46 pieces that ranged from traditional seascapes to more contemporary minimalist and abstract images.

Most of the images were printed on canvas. Oil painters have been using canvas as a support medium for more than 500 years, but photographers have not been able to print their images on canvas until relatively recently.

In the early 1960s artists like Andy Warhol began using commercial silk screening technology to transfer images to canvas. It is much easier and convenient today. Photographers can now use a variety of excellent inkjet printers to print directly on canvas with archival-quality inks.

After the image is printed, the canvas is stretched and stapled to a wooden frame, and sprayed with a protective varnish. The end result is a piece of art that is vibrant, durable, light and easy to hang, and because glass is not required, there are no distracting reflections.

Digital photography and artistic canvas make a superb combination,  and it appears that photography on canvas is rapidly gaining in credibility on the art scene.

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