Newfoundland family history

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The image here depicts what I envision as an iconic Newfoundland fisherman. A true Canadian image.

The history behind this image has so much meaning for the family that asked me to draw this portrait for them.

1987 - The Newfoundland Pen newspaper published this photo with a little story about how Curtis Chambers was with his two boys on the fishing docks on Bear Cove for the afternoon. The family has been meaning to turn this photo into a portrait to be shared by the family since.

Cousin Shawn took it upon himself to put this portrait into motion. First contacting me almost a year ago, the portrait finally took fruition and is now framed and is in the hands of Curtis' daughter who lives in Anchor Point, Newfoundland. A surprise Christmas present!

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Look at that cigarette hanging out of his mouth. The Sou-wester, the light reflecting off the hood. The leathery skin from years of being on the boats catching fish, day in and day out to make his living.

Now take a look at the reference photo from the newspaper.

This portrait was a challenge as it was nearly impossible to see the details.

 

Native roots

Last spring, the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation tribe in Manitoulin Island requested a portrait of one of their former Chief in office.

The portrait was to be given to this former Chief as a personal gift, as well as a print of the original, to be part of their boardroom display.

They were very pleased with the resulting completed portrait. The original hangs in her home, and a custom print was created that now hangs framed in their boardroom, along with the other Chiefs dating back to the 1800's.

You can read a little of this First Nation tribe's history here.

Completed pencil portrait

Completed pencil portrait

 

The photo shown is the original reference photo for the base of the portrait. As it was small, details were hard to see. Fortunately, they had a few others for me to look over for the composition of the portrait.

I am proud that I was able to create a piece for Aundeck Omni Kaning's display as part of their community, and part of Canada's rich history.

Original reference photo

Original reference photo