Local artist R.W.Haviland's paintings and pastel sketches perfectly capture the moods of Muskoka's landscape. Known to her friends as Bobbi, you can see this amazing artist swinging her arms, as she strolls down the streets of her village of Burks Falls.
Raised in western Canada, Haviland is now an established artist whose career started in graphic design, with a practical grounding in the arts and the business of art. She started her free-lance commercial art career in Toronto and Montreal, then moved to her Muskoka home to help start a weekly newspaper.
Since opening her studio/gallery outside Burk's Falls, the freedom to explore painting and printmaking, while taking risks with materials and subjects, was realized. Many work trips across Canada to British Columbia and Newfoundland and a series of shows in Ontario galleries have combined to give momentum to her output. Forays into photography and mono prints, infuse Haviland's studio work with obvious commitment.
Back at the studio, a rhythm of small pastel images and sketches many of these done on her own land, are translated into large canvases that have found their way into countless private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. When Haviland's studio/gallery opened, possibly the most satisfying part of Haviland's output is the experimental printmaking which has resulted in a number of unique series that explore diverse subjects and mediums.
Nestled atop a tree line hill, her broad inspirations come from the natural tamaracks and landscapes that sit just across the hill from her gallery and studio. “The atmosphere and colour change hourly,” says Bobbi, and it is these moods that inspires her. Bobbi says it’s her take on Japanese artist Hokusai’s “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji”. These woodblock prints created between 1826 and 1833 showing Mount Fuji in various seasons and weather are what inspired Bobbi to create her “Songlines” collection, capturing the many moods of her own “small mountain”.
August 5th, Tangled Up in Blue is currently being shown at Windows to the North Gallery. Bobbi exhibits her artwork in Partners Hall in the Algonquin Theatre every July. But you can always stop by her own Studio where Bobbi currently lives in Burk's Falls, ON.
Bobbie currently resides in Burks Falls, ON.
SUMMER STUDIO HOURS
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm
or call for an appointment
Located south of Burk's Falls(25 minutes north of Huntsville). Turn off Highway 11 on Ferguson Road. Continue 2km to #298.