Cards Folk Art Colourful Beach Fishing Village

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia | 68 Sales


Cards Folk Art Colourful Beach Fishing Village

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 68 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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My favorite colors are fishing boat colors.

I'm a Canadian folk artist living in Nova Scotia. I grew up in a fishing village on the south shore.

If I had to choose a childhood memory that defines my work it would be sitting on top my grandfather's boat as we left harbor surrounded by salt spray, cold air, sunshine and gulls.

My work illustrates everyday life by the water. I incorporate sheds, houses, fishing boats, gulls, crows, fishermen, women hanging laundry, men hanging cod, lighthouses, dogs, cats, mackerel barrels, buoys, trucks, trees, flowers and the ocean.

My favorite colors are fishing boat colors. With familiar objects and primary colors as a guide, I produce work of a whimsical style reflecting earlier years.

My paternal grandmother inspired me. She valued hard work and praised creativeness. During her life she worked with fabric out of necessity - mats, quilts and clothing. Like her I work hard and am self-taught. Unlike her I have freedom to work with fabric in a creative setting, expressing beautiful and simple aspects of seaside life. My grandmother saw beauty in clouds with me as a child. In her later years she saw beauty through her window while watching yard birds in the sun. After she died it seemed natural to combine fabric with creativeness as a way of remaining close to her.

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  • Kelly Burgess

    Owner, Creator, Designer

Production partners

  • Acadian Printing

    Amherst, NS

    Local printing company.

  • ETC Press Limited

    Halifax, NS

    Quality Digital Printing

  • Image House

    Halifax, NS

    Specializes in photography and fine art reproductions. A small business in Halifax. Craig photographs and then prints fine art reproductions of my work.

  • Power Promotionals

    Dartmouth, NS

    Local promotional company.

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