Free Range Fields
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions: 20 X 26 inches
Price: $900 (with frame)
This canvas portrays the landscape of Prince Edward Island with its distinctive red soil, sea and sky mingling in the sunlight beyond which are yet more fields.
It is one of a series that highlights the landscape of Prince Edward Island; Canada's most rural province. The potato field becomes something animated as the green rows are interspersed with the furrowed red soil. The sea, which is never far away, reflects the sky and the scene is a pageant of colour and movement.
This canvas is a continuation of the rural theme explored in other paintings throughout 2007 to 2010.
Louise Mould has been painting for over 40 years. While the landscape features most prominently in her work, it is a landscape of suggestion, rather than a faithful figurative rendering; it is a landscape of fiction and abstraction. Major influences on her work have been the Canadian landscape, the tropical forest of the Congo and the land of the Mediterranean/Middle East. The light and colour of these geographic areas have influenced choices of both form and colour although the predominating themes are those of the northlands. It has been said of her work "that there is a consciousness of the reality of spiritual forces moving things and these paintings are making this obvious." The critic continues stating that there are "particular paintings in [the] collection which I call "crescendo".... as if in one painting suddenly those themes and shapes or pattern [she has] been painting for a while come together and form a perfect expression of themselves! It is like the alchemical painting of the theme that has been there for a while."
Her paintings are in private collections in various countries around the world including Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Uganda, Bangladesh as well as Canada and the United States. Louise also creates sculpture and mixed media collage drawings.
Born in Exeter, Ontario, she holds degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island and McGill University in Montreal. She studied art for two years at the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières. Her formative years were spent in Canada and Germany. She lived for four years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa in the early 1980s when the country was called Zaire. From 1984-2004 she lived in Haifa, Israel where she was, among other things, director of the Bahá'í World Centre Library from 1994-2004. She is currently living in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.