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"Helen on the Rocks of the Dumoine"
©2007, 21" by 11", Watercolour, pencil, ink

The painting is based on a photograph I took of my friend Helen while on a trip down the Dumoine River in September of 2006. At the time, I was sitting on a rock myself, and working on a plein-air painting called "Determination". I looked over my shoulder, saw Helen sitting there staring upriver, and thought it would make a great painting, so I took a quick picture.

The idea to paint only part of it while leaving the rest in pencil came to me during the planning process, when I realized that the image was perfect to illustrate a passage of the fairy tale book I was writing at the time.

In the book, the Queen becomes increasingly unable to see the magic all around her, even though she lived in an enchanted forest.

"For her, every day was dark and gloomy with an ever present threat of rain. For her, it was like the colour was gradually bleeding to grey all around the edges of her perception."

This painting, I think, perfectly captures this feeling.

Helen on the Rocks of the Dumoine


Reproductions of my art are available printed either on paper or canvas. Both formats are signed by me, the artist, and are high quality, full-colour prints of a high resolution scan or photograph of the original painting. All prints are inspected to ensure that the colours match the source and created using inks that are guaranteed to resist both fading and UV light.


Paper Reproductions

These are printed on high quality paper to give them the look and feel of the original painting. In terms of the dimensions listed, please keep in mind that they are approximate. Since I custom mat and frame the prints myself, I reproduce them at specific sizes so that when they are matted to standard matting dimensions, the mat-board borders are consistent widths on all sides. It’s because of this that I highly recommend that you upgrade to the matted version (seriously, go do it now).


Now, if you've ordered a print that is not a standard sized when matted, then I highly recommend that you go back and order it in a frame. As described in the sister section Frames, I do all my own framing using reclaimed wood and am affordable.


Stretched Canvases

If you want to avoid matting and framing altogether, then I suggest that you order the canvas option. I stretch the canvases myself using reclaimed wood and, with a profile that is an inch and a half thick, the art will make a strong statement on your wall.

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