Olive J. Coghlin (Walsh) one of the original founders of the 'Art in the Park' exhibitions in Stratford, Ontario, is currently living in Listowel. She was another student of the great Matthew F. Kousal, a virtuoso of the 'painting knife' technique. I believe she started painting in the mid-1960's, about 50 years ago.
She is a listed Canadian artist, archived with National Gallery of Ottawa and along with Peter Etril Snyder, was taught the use of Kousal's distinctive techniques.
Her subject matter is consistently beautiful, which is a delicate unveiling of the countryside around us. Many times there is a road that curves around a lake, river or field and we're left with a view of some lovely backwoods before us. This time we have another favourite subject of hers: florals, flowers.
This painting is a large one with a stunning display of her trademark greens with golden yellows from the sun, all wrapped up in these sunflowers of hers. They could not be bolder or bursting with more life, coming off the canvas into your arms; and then there's her incredible delicacy of detail in the upper flowers that has made me a fan for life.
In her own words: "Each painting is an original composition of a place visited. It usually takes a combination of heart, head and hand to project the idea on canvas. If you love what you are doing, it usually shows. We have such a beautiful country, it’s a challenge to capture it on canvas. It takes observation, practise, thought and previous experience to get what you see, into a painting. Dedication and discipline are also a factor in getting a difficult painting completed." -Olive Coghlin
Frame is in good condition, the matting is scuffed, the painting is in good condition.
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Frame: 46" x 28" Image: 39 1/2" x 20 1/2"