Win­ter­ton artist ready for solo exhibition

Win­ter­ton artist ex­cited to share work at Car­bon­ear open­ing

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA We­blinks: http://is­landrock­stu­ https://www.tew­stu­­tor@cb­n­com­

Flo­rence Pin­horn of Win­ter­ton spent months work­ing on a se­ries of paint­ings dedicated to sea dwellers. Fish is also a pro­fes­sional in­ter­est for her hus­band, a fisheries re­search sci­en­tist. Next month, her paint­ings will be on dis­play at a Car­bon­ear art gallery.

Flo­rence Pin­horn no­tices a lot of beauty peer­ing out the large win­dows of her home stu­dio in Win­ter­ton. End­less trees and a view of the har­bour lead­ing into the Trin­ity Bay com­mu­nity greet the eyes when one takes a gan­der.

“I can be paint­ing here, and even the storms are lovely,” she told The Com­pass dur­ing a re­cent visit to Is­land Rock Stu­dio. “We sit here some nights, my hus­band and I with a glass of wine, and it’s just like an aquar­ium here with the stars.”

The sea is an im­por­tant part­ner for Pin­horn when it comes to her up­com­ing solo exhibition at Ocean View Art Gallery in Car­bon­ear. “Con­cern­ing Multi-species” fea­tures 21 pas­tel, oil and acrylic paint­ings she cre­ated last win­ter that ex­plore sea life.

Flo­rence’s hus­band Al­lenby is a fisheries re­search sci­en­tist, and this fu­eled her in­ter­est in fo­cus­ing on the wa­ter and it in­hab­i­tants. Over a dozen dif­fer­ent species are fea­tured in the exhibition, with dis­play cards of­fer­ing some in­ter­est­ing tid­bits about the fish. For ex­am­ple, you might be sur­prised to learn sea cu­cum­bers breath through the anus.

I love por­trai­ture, es­pe­cially chil­dren and an­i­mals. And now fish! — Flo­rence Pin­horn

“My life has been noth­ing but fish, fish, fish,” she said with a laugh, later adding she’s al­ways had great re­spect for fish­er­men. “They have a very dan­ger­ous job.” Pin­horn grew up in Nor­man’s Cove and raised a fam­ily in St. John’s be­fore she moved to Win­ter­ton 20 years ago. She’s had an in­ter­est in art all her life and be­gan to take paint­ing more se­ri­ously 30 years ago.

Pin­horn took some lessons from Ed Roache and Lloyd Pretty, and did a lot of work with Nova Sco­tia artist Barbara Dorey over a three-year pe­riod in the 1990s.

“I did por­trai­ture mostly,” she said of her time tak­ing pri­vate lessons from Dorey. “I love por­trai­ture, es­pe­cially chil­dren and an­i­mals. And now fish!”

Paint­ing is a spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence for Pin­horn. She gen­er­ally prefers re­al­ism when it comes to her own work and likes to stick with the nat­u­ral colours of de­picted scenes.

“I’m not nar­row minded about art. I en­joy all kinds of art. But I al­ways know when I look at a piece if some­body is trained and is read up and knows about art and about artists and the great artists.”

This will be her fifth solo exhibition, and she’s ex­cited to see all 21 paint­ings to­gether.

“(Gallery co-owner) Tammy Wrice, she’s a great, great girl at the Ocean View Gallery. She’s got some great ideas now for this.”

“Con­cern­ing Multi-species” will be on dis­play Aug. 5-14, with an open­ing re­cep­tion set for Aug. 5 from 7-10 p.m.


Artist Flo­rence Pin­horn paints at Is­land Rock Stu­dio in Win­ter­ton.

This is one of the 21 paint­ings Flo­rence Pin­horn will share at her up­com­ing exhibition at Ocean View Art Gallery.

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