About This Work...
"I like the trees that have had a struggle, and that’s why I like to paint the trees along the sea shore and up on the mountains. They’re like people who have had to fight to live; they’ve developed character."(2)
- W.P. Weston
Solitary trees on a rocky shoreline and mighty snow-capped mountains are two of Weston’s favourite subjects.(3) Scrub Pines, Howe Sound show his efforts to capture the essence of living things amid the harshest of elements.
"Not only were these craggy trees beautiful but as an artist, he could easily see their anatomy. The physical struggle to live on a cliff was visible in their twisted trunks."(4)
Weston’s works show a landscape that has not yet succumbed to human interference.(5) He rarely included people in his paintings, he thought that nature was powerful enough.(6)
He once said:"You wouldn’t want to put people into the paintings. You’d spoil the whole thing."(7)