Island Reflections

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The St. Lawrence Skiff was the single most used mode of travel on the St. Lawrence River before powered engines came to be. My grandmother owned a skiff and used it for all her needs, even fishing. My dad tells a story of the times she would tie fishing line to her big toe and hang it over the gunwale of the boat and trolled for fish. It might sound a bit far fetched but that explains some of the things my dad would do to accomplish a task albeit unique. The image was inspired by a time I saw a young woman rowing her skiff towards the Thousand Islands Bridge. She in her red shirt and the gold of the skiff reflecting against the deep greens of the pines made for a dynamic image. It tested my skills for creating the reflection on the calmer surface, but I felt very successful in this work. If you ever have the chance to row a skiff, do it early in the morning and feel the glide of the wooden hull on the water. No experience like it.

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17 ½ x 11, 8 x 10 matted