Winterton artist ready for solo exhibition
Winterton artist excited to share work at Carbonear opening
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.