Loraine Oakley from Stratford, Ontario was finishing her career as a painter well before the creation of the internet. She never had a chance to promote her works worldwide. It was only in Stratford and from that long lasting creation of 'Art in the Park' that her immaculate studies reached a wider audience.
She became a listed Canadian artist in 1972 (National Gallery of Canada) and this deep study of river boats with their tangle of lines and colors, leaning against the docks is a beautiful study of design and suggestion.
It's a large work and it's also very relaxed. The waters are still, even inviting. It just has to be early morning. Which boat do you choose, the fishing trawler, the small luxury boat, or the simple rowboat closest to you? A smaller boat is drydocked and still accessible.
The backdrop has grey buildings, seemingly asleep along with the boats. Everything seems to be waiting in this quiet scene, waiting for something to happen. I suppose it's still too early in the morning and the artist wanted to capture the stillness of a rather busy little harbour. I can imagine a small child stumbling upon this scene becoming enchanted with the possibilities.
Some very small dings on the upper frame but is still in very good shape, along with the artwork. Ready to hang.
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Frame: 27 1/4" x 35 1/4" Image: 18 1/2" x 26 1/2"