Terry Fenton: The LONG DISTANCE A.

Because I was born and raised in Regina, where the land is flat and bewitchingly beautiful, I'm drawn to the open prairie. Instead of traditional “scenery” it offers light and colour in infinite variety. It's challenging to paint because its so hard to depict: The horizon has to be nailed down convincingly, and of course the sky has to float above all. Ironically, some great abstract painters--many of them friends--have helped me find new ways and means to accomplish this..

In the decades we lived in Alberta, I frequently painted the mountains. When I returned to mountain subjects recently I looked for different points of view, new slants of light.

I've been painting the ocean near Victoria for some 15 years and have done so more earnestly when we moved here in 2013. The ocean has its own challenges, but what I've learned from painting the prairie has helped.

Terry Fenton
May 2017

Encounter, Canyon Creek, 2017, Oil on panel, 11 in. x 30 in
Overview, Johnson's Canyon, 2016, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 12 in
Feint, Near Davidson Saskatchewan, Oil on panel, 39 in. x 24 in
Lift, 2016, Oil on panel, 39 in. x 24 in
New Skies, 2014, Oil on panel, 39 in. x 24 in
Decline, 2016, Oil on panel, 39 in. x 24 in
Declaration, Near Kindersley, Sask. 2005, Oil on paper, 19 in. x 30 in
Speckled Band, Old Farmstead with Mauve Flowers, Saskatchewan, Oil on paper, 19 in. x 30 in
Farmstead in Fall, 2016, Oil on paper, 19 in. x 30 in
Stroll, Cameron Lake, Oil on Paper, 15 in. x 22 in
Long Division, Lake near Mount Robson, 2017, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 24 in
Pass, Selkirks, 2017, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 24 in
Alongside, Salmon Arm, 2017, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 24 in
Expulsion, 2017, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 24 in
Fraught, Coquihalla, 2016, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 12 in
Obscurity, Moraine Lake, 2013, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 12 in
Breakwater, Victoria, 2012, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 12 in
Down, Windsurfer, Victoria, 2012, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 12 in
Wind walk, Esquimalt, 2014, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 12 in
Shimmer, Victoria, 2013, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 12 in
Wake Up Call, Moraine Lake, 2017, Oil on panel, 39 in. x 24 in
Arise, Oil on panel, 9 in. x 12 in
Last Light, Oil on panel, 24 in. x 39 in
Good Friend, Oil on paper, 18 in. x 30 in
Second Chance, Oil on panel, 19 in. x 30 in