June 30, 2021: Lytton, BC



Painted by Denis Halliwell
8 inches by 11.5 inches
Acrylics on Heavy Paper
Fine Art Original

1 in stock


June 30, 2021: Lytton, BC

June 30, 2021: Lytton, BC was created with Acrylics on heavy art paper. This Fine Art Original measures 8 X 11.5 inches

Description: There can be subjects an artist chooses to paint in order to deal with an inner demon. I lived virtually through the fire that destroyed the village of Lytton, BC, minute by minute, on June 30, 2021.
I read postings online that night by a resident and school administrator who was urging her neighbors to evacuate their homes and businesses. She offered a school in the community, not in the path of the fire, as a safe haven.

Now a year later we relive that episode.

I searched for and found a photo that gave me a taste of the colours and movement of the light and heat, the terror, of a forest fire. The scene I painted is not meant to be Lytton–but I felt emotions connected to Heat and Flames. As I began to brush paint on my paper I could feel the terror of just what any fire can do to the lives of people. I felt real fear as I painted my picture.


Painting is in my blood. My grandfather and great aunt Hazel in Kitchener were amateur painters in both oil and water colours. My two brothers, Michael and David, are galleried artists in Ontario. I’m a retired book publisher and school teacher (learning and communications skills) since 2000.

I began dabbling with paints in 2017 while living in Philippines. Now I am doing serious work which I want to share with others. I live in British Columbia, Philippines and Maine.

I paint portraits, landscapes, and create collages. Spontaneous and by commission. My paintings have been included in shows at the Kariton Gallery/Abbotsford BC, Reach Gallery/Abbotsford, and private showings in Bacolod City, Philippines, Kennebunkport/Maine. My paintings are in private collections in Canada, USA, Italy, Brazil, and Philippines.

I find myself studying and using the styles of many artists. I’ve learned so much about painting by studying and working in a style made famous by Amedeo Modigliani (Italian 1880-1920).

As a beginning painter I find I need to try many styles until I discover what style works best for me. Also I am aware of the tastes in art of my friends and other people.

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Dimensions8 × 11.5 in


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