Abstract Landscapes Gallery #1

I am a contemporary Canadian landscape artist. I'm a visual story teller engaged in a mad race against time. recording disappearing pre-urbanized landscapes, as cities swallow land in fertile temperate zones. I use Elemental Texture, Luminous Colour, Symbolic Shapes and Lyrical Line and a process I have developed and call Glazed Acrylic. also see me on instagram @robinbarattaartist

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

St Andrews Hollow

 


St Andrews Hollow
A tiny yellow brick country church, one of the last of it's kind, overlooks a shallow winding valley where a glacial river once flowed. Both unfortunately are one land that is zoned for development.
What a lose if they should fall to the developers 'dozers. Our insatiable appetite for  what those in power call development comes at great cost. 
These are some of the most fertile lands in North America, and the world. The question needs to be asked... what legacy are we leaving future generations?  
18x36 inches, glazed acrylic, cradled wooden board, ready to hang, $899. CDN





Silent Witness


 The ancient live oaks of the hurricane battered south eastern U.S. bear silent witness to the changes 
wrought by humans through the passing centuries. We can only imagine the  tales they
could tell, if only they could talk.

16x20, glazed acrylic painting on cradled wooden board, ready for hanging, $340.CND






Sunday, October 29, 2023

Prevailing Wind




Prevailing Wind

A steady wind acts as a sculptor, directing branches and canopy into elegant shapes.

These creations though can be fragile in the face of the hurricanes that lash this coast more frequently and stronger as the oceans warm. Each year we wonder what changes the winds will bring.

 original painting, glazed acrylic, 12x16, on cradled wooden panel, ready for hanging

$340.00



Sunday, October 22, 2023

Wonderland

 



Wonderland

Along one of the city's busiest thoroughfares there are still remnants of  what was.

Most bear signs 'zoned for development, will build to suit!'

For many the the heavy equipment has already flattened the land and removed the visages of before. 

Here and there though, remnants of the earlier wonderland remain. 

Defiant, young trees reclaim what was forest and field.  

Nature is ever hopeful.  

UPDATE:

this scene is no more, the bulldozers have done their work, and a new strip mall is being built. 

original painting, 12x12, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang, 

 $285.00





Friday, September 1, 2023

Dancing On The Edge






Dancing On The Edge

 Trees and under story growth dance on the edge of the marsh, toes dipped into the rich moist silt. The supple reeds bow and rustle their approval. Wildlings watch the show from their homes hidden from prying predatory eyes. The marsh is a nourishing safe haven.

Salt marshes on the oceans edge, are called the cradle of the sea. A huge percentage of ocean based life is born or hatched in the marsh. Inland marshes share a similar role of incubator and safe haven.

The worlds marshes, fens and swamps are some of the most misunderstood and therefore endangered habitats in the world.

Drained to farm - they provide rich soil, drained for mosquito control, drained to build on, filled in for all of the above... once gone they are not replaceable. Wetlands the world over teeter on the edge of destruction.

12x16, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden board, ready to hang $340.





Friday, July 28, 2023

The Road Home


The Road Home

In the not too distant past most people had a family connection to the land. 
The family farm whether it was in the care of parents, grandparents or aunts/uncles was the gathering point for families. 
I think having lost that  touch stone of tradition has created a vacuum where a lack of understanding of the importance of sustainability has grown. 
Is this ripe for development, or the source of sustenance for a hungry world?  

12x12, glazed Acrylic, on cradled wooden board, ready to hang, $285.







 

Monday, May 22, 2023

Saw Palmetto and Old Oak

 



Spread your arms and dance with the wind. Sometimes swaying gently, other times appearing ready to leap from the ground.  Elegant partners dancing through the decades, creating their own music. 

Live Oaks are a icon for durability, centuries old they have endured much change and  hopefully will continue the dance into the future with their lithe companions the Saw Palmetto.

8x8, glazed acrylic on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang, $190.





Monday, March 27, 2023

March Scarcely Here

 


March Scarcely Here

After a winter that hung around far too long, the first faint colours of spring are a very welcome sight. The gold of the willows and the faint blush of the maple blossoms promise warmer days and gentler weather to come.

glazed acrylic on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang, 12x24, $460.00





Still Standing


Still Standing

The Live Oaks of the South Eastern US fascinate me and whisper to my muse paint me - paint me!
 and so I do. 
This tree in particular is an old friend, she stretches her arms over our favorite campsite at Edisto SP, SC. We're treated to a constant parade of racoons, opossums and other critters that live in her many hollows, many a time I've made supper to an avid audience! 
6x6, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden board. ready to hang $125


consigned to Port Stanley Artists' Guild show June 6,7,8 2024 
https://www.portstanleyartguild.com/










Monday, September 5, 2022

Marsh Highway





Marsh Highway

''For centuries, the marsh has served as a natural passageway for both humans and animals, offering a route that has been utilized since ancient times.'''
 glazed acrylic, 12x12, ready to hang on cradled wooden panel
 $285.00
Available at Port Stanley Festival Theater Gallery

















 

 

Rising Ground


 Rising Ground

Sinuous curves, follow the contours of the landscape creating patterns of colour and texture, agricultural art.

Glazed Acrylic, 12x24, ready to hang on cradled wooden board, 
$460.00


















Friday, June 24, 2022

Treasured Memories

Treasured Memories,

For many Ontarians the near north is the place to spend lazy summer days.

A place of lakes, forest, and peace, in our hearts and memories there is no more treasured place to spend a holiday.

 8x10 on cradled board ready to hang,  

glazed acrylic, $215. available

 Available At Tillsonburg Station Arts



Sunday, April 24, 2022

Elegant Oak

 




Elegant Oak, 
Live Oaks, survivors of century's of human occupation.  
From the first peoples, to successive waves of European settlers, the oaks have endured , watching no doubt bemused with arboreal wisdom at the short range lives we live.

8x8, glazed acrylic, on cradled wood panel

ready to hang, $190.
consigned to Port Stanley Artists' Guild show June 6,7,8 2024 
https://www.portstanleyartguild.com/

                                                                                       










Friday, August 27, 2021

Treeline

 


Treeline

At a gentle separation, of field and field, or crop and crop,  a treeline waves. Far friendlier than a fence, and a place for the wildlings to travel to, from and along, these poplars, maple, and sometimes evergreens are green punctuation marks upon the landscape.  

6x6, glazed acrylic, cradled wooden board, ready to hang $145.00

                                                           

                                                                      


Swirls




Swirls

Across undulating hills the tractors dance, in their wake the soil swirls with lines and rhythms that catch the artists eye.  Patterns in the earth like visual music accentuate the landscape 
6x6, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang, $145.00







Monday, June 28, 2021

Tor

 

                                                                           Tor

 Tor, Celtic hill fort, an ancient place of safety, now a place of peace and dreams, surrounded by fields of wild daffodils, and grazing sheep.  If only all battle grounds could be this way. 

16x12, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang, 

$340.00 

Thank you to my amazing Welsh cousin Deb Tilley for the reference photo see more of her photography here







Saturday, May 29, 2021

Across the Field

 

Across The Field

Distant silos beckon the weary farmer home, not just  storage, but a beacon too, standing tall amongst the trees and crops, a guide at the end on a long hard day. 
12x6 Glazed Acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang.

$215.00 






Monday, April 26, 2021

Road To The Lake

 

Road To The Lake

Taking the back roads to Tobermory to catch the Chi-cheemaun is for many Ontarians a summer tradition. All roads lead to the lake, and good memories.  

12x36, Glazed Acrylic on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang
$630.00
                                                                     
















Friday, April 23, 2021

Pastoral


 


Pastoral

Mamas and babies, caught my eye, laying together, but separately, in the warm early fall sunshine. 

glazed acrylic, 24x30, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang
$999.00  












Monday, March 8, 2021

Glow

 


Glow

By the rivers edge trees dip their toes. 
Elemental shapes and luminous colour combine to create a joyous work that shouts it's spring! and the the world Glows. 
 8x8 Glazed Acrylic, on cradled wooden panel, ready to hang

Available at Tillsonburg Station Arts 



Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Summer Days



Summer Days
Country roads on summer days, memories of road trips watching the land slip by on our way to our holiday destinations. 
 
6x6, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden board, ready to hang
$125.00

consigned to Port Stanley Festival Theater

Into The Hills



Into The Hills
Hills dip down to the road, furrows wrinkle their brows, and trees dressed for autumn adorn their crests, but wait what's that...a sold for development sign. So sad where once rolling hills, a small pond and trees dwelled, resides a factory. Is it really progress?

6x6 glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden board ready to hang
$125.00

consigned to Port Stanley Festival Theater

 

Waiting for Spring


 Waiting For Spring
Old corn rows peek out between the remains of snow, willows glow gold, as the sap begins to flow. There is a faint shimmer of colour everywhere, as life stirs just below the surface, waiting for spring. 

6x6, glazed acrylic, on cradled wooden board, ready to hang