Barry Penton's most recent work Late Haul presents his viewers with a simple, but yet powerful view of by gone days in Newfoundland.
Barry writes: My latest piece of work is entitled "Late Haul" is in memory of my Wife's Grandfather Albert Cluett Sr. He has worked diligently years using his Newfoundland Pony from everything to hauling water to wood. This painting features Albert defying the elements to get his horse home to his Father's House before the unforgiving Newfoundland winters of years ago. It once again shows how life was a struggle for the outports of Newfoundland.
The picture is loaded with both atmosphere and a story. This is a world of simple, hard realities, and the viewer's attention is drawn to the image of the man, with a horse drawn wood sled. Barry makes effective use the time of day to tell his story.
This is a black and white world of basic survival. By painting this scene after the end of daylight, Barry offsets the hard qualities of the scene by the warm light which comes from the window. It tells of a world within - where family, and warmth and security offset the hardship of external struggle.
I like Barry's willingness to paint people and animals. Watch for this artist. He has a great future ahead.