Sunday, August 13, 2017

Unique Vision -- the work of Flora Doehler

Me and Flora in front of a wall of her smaller work.
She is the feature artist this month at the Bear River
Artworks Gallery in Bear River, Nova Scotia.
All works are © Flora Doehler

One of Flora's larger works on view at the 
Bear River Artworks Gallery

I've just returned from a visit to my friends Flora Doehler
and Larry Knox.  I met Flora through the DVAC (Don
Valley Art Club) inToronto. She inspired me then, and does even
more so today.  Flora has painted every subject -- flowers,
portraits, landscapes.  But when Flora paints the results are
entirely unique.  Walking around her beautiful house and
studio my eyes were entranced -- and as an artist of course
I was constantly wondering how she did it.

This painting in the couple's bathroom totally blew me away.
Flora's paintings have an energy and excitement that is
all her own.  Her love of life comes through in every painting. 

This beautiful painting of lupins is 36 x 48 inches 
(I do know that measurement).
Apologies for the blurry photo.

 A landscape in the library at Flora's home.
 This beauty is 5 ft. x 4 ft.
Flora and Larry are major movers and shakers in the
Bear River community, both in the arts, and on other
projects.  Larry Knox makes beautiful jewelry which
is on display  at the Bear RiverArtworks Gallery. They are
part of the reason for the opening of the Gallery.  And they have
a studio beside their beautiful yellow house with blue trim in the town.

I was captivated by Flora's work this visit (as I have been
every time I've visited) and had to take some photos.  I'm afraid
I was rushed. There wasn't time (we were just in town overnight)
to get captions, dates and sizes for you.  But I know you will love her
work -- done with liquid acrylic on canvas,

Have a loving-your-artist-friends'-work day.


Flora Doehler said...

Barbara, it was so wonderful to have you and Steven here. It may have been short, but it was very sweet. Thank you for this beautiful post. You know I love your work and love of colour too and look forward to seeing your Nova Scotia landscapes.
It's been about 15 years since we first admired each other's work in a group show. 15 years of many conversations about painting and life. May there be many, many more. xoxo

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

it was totally sweet and also short. The time just seems to speed away, and now we're getting ready
to leave. Ironically I've been painting Toronto scenes here, and no doubt will paint Nova Scotia when
I get home. I love it here, and love, love, love the beauty. And the people.

Yes here's to an infinite number of conversations about the guy who hangs around on the wall all day. Art. ;-)


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