Harbour in Mariehamn, Aland Photographer, Johannes Jansson/norden.org Licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)  


The lighthouse Bogskar…

...at the southernmost point of Finland penetrating the surface of the Baltic sea..." ‘I am guarding you—I am your support’ - To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf Image found here.   Some Rights Reserved

“Preserve that secret…

...homey spot in your heart, as sanctuary where dreams may be softly tended, and revived.” ― Tara Estacaan Image: Sheltered inlet at the top of Loch Boisdale cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Greg Morss - geograph.orIg.uk/p/480967

My soul…

“...is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow A beautiful shot I took of Cape Bridgewater back home.

Artist to Appreciate: Steven Rhude

“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…”

O' Canada


Steven Rhude, “On the Edge”


Nova Scotia artist Steven Rhude is most often characterized as a realist painter, akin to Alex Colville and Christopher Pratt (both also from the Maritimes).  However, Rhude’s representational style is decidedly more nuanced.  A close examination of his works reveals an underlying splatter technique that is almost pointillist (and adds wonderful texture) as well as distinct aspects of whimsy and irony, all of which might be more appropriately regarded as a kind of magical realism.  His paintings prominently feature icons of the Atlantic provinces — dories, lighthouses, fishing sheds and buoys, among others — as signifiers of place, identity, memory and loss amidst ongoing changes affecting that region of the country, particularly since the early 1990s ban on cod fishing altered a centuries-old economic equilibrium for coastal communities where living has never been especially easy.

In discussing his early artistic training, Rhude has noted that…

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Port Mor…

...Isle of Muck The new pier on the Isle of Muck with the Rum peaks in the distance Copyright Calum McRoberts and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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