The artist’s perspective will not take long to move from awe to inspiration and then to paint, in this rock, sea and colour landscape.
Like no other place on earth there is unbroken nature and tight, bright bits of settlement stitched together where the ocean meets the shore.
When painting Fogo Island you are bound to encounter puffins, punts and longliners, fishers, marine life and a horizon that angles on to the edge of the earth. Colour and light, fishing stages and brightly painted traditional buildings become aspects of the work you will create and bring home with you. Lessons on site will include demonstrations, composition, weather painting techniques, as well as camaraderie and gentle critique. Could there be better souvenirs?
Featured Artist, Martha Johnson.
An island off the north east coast of Newfoundland, one of the four corners of the earth, according to the Flat Earth Society. A deep history of fishing for cod in the Labrador current right off it’s shores. Where the flora and fauna abounds in both land and sea. A vibrant community where fishers, artisans, carpenters, musicians, historians, artists, quilters and nature lovers intersect. There is something for everyone on this beautiful island, filled with people who are innately hospitable.
Come and paint in some of natures most beautiful and raw settings with the spray of the north Atlantic on your face!
Accommodations at local houses
Welcome cocktail party at the Fogo Island Inn
First night traditional supper
6 days of instruction/demonstrations by Featured Artist, Martha Johnson.
Painting plein air at various locations around the island.
Painting at tidalArt studio
Tours of Contemporary Artist Studios, Fogo Island Arts
Meeting local artists and artisans
Hikes to take in the vistas and do some photography
A day long tour to Little Fogo Islands, travel by M/V Ketanja
Local Music Festival
Shed party with songs and stories
Breakfasts, Dinners (lunch) and Suppers
Optional stay at the Fogo Island Inn (extra), details upon request
Martha graduated from the University of Guelph with an honours Fine Art BA. specializing in drawing. After studying painting at Art’s Sake in Toronto she was mentored by Tom Hodgson (Painter’s 11) 1982 to 1985.
Working as an Art Director and Illustrator segued into costume and set design. Highlights created include the production and design of costumes for Robert Desrossier’s LUMIERE, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, for Canadian Stage’s “Dream in High Park”. She designed for Necessary Angel and Theatre Columbus.
Highly sought after costume sketches became part of corporate and public collections. Early figurative work was obtained through The Winnipeg Art Gallery.
From the late 1990’s, “Survey the Valley” has become a signature ongoing investigation into the Darwinian theory of adaptation. This practice documents the co-habitation and development of human and fauna settlement in the remarkable ecosystem in the Don River basin in Toronto ON. Work produced includes sculpture, painting and collaborative photography with Deborah Farquharson.
Significantly Martha is researching a hundred year old narrative. A Yellow Billed Albatross shot in the Bay of Fundy in 1913 resulted in the creation of Kent Island NB as a bird sanctuary. The appearance of relics from this time period, vintage linens, film, history painting and diorama are incorporated into the art-making production. It is this notion of History Painting that is also present in her current “Blanket” series. Beyond environmental voyeurism, human and animal nature informs content often produced on unusual supports and surfaces.
Martha has been teaching three levels of acrylic painting and drawing at the Avenue Arts School since 1996. Recently developing painting and drawing workshops with Julie McMeekin at ArteMbassy have evolved into instructing advanced acrylic classes. Painting workshops include Provence France (2015), Fogo Island NL, Prince Edward County ON. and Grand Manan NB. As a listed Canadian artist, her work is held in public, corporate and private collections worldwide. She is currently represented by Art Interiors in Toronto and Benedicte LeCat in Europe. For more information visit www.marthajohnson.ca.
tidalArt studio inc. is dedicated to offering retreats for artists wanting to experience a truly unique landscape and culture, while working alongside a featured artist.
We encourage you to explore your capabilities and learn new things about yourself and your painting techniques. All in the fantastic setting of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada, one of the four corners of the world, according to the Flat Earth Society. A place where ancient knowledge is still part of the lived experience. An island off the north east coast of Newfoundland, a world full of possibilities!