David Connolly is a Newfoundland-born artist with a deep appreciation for the natural beauty and traditional architecture of his home province. His passion for painting began early in life, but it was only in recent years that he has fully dedicated himself to the craft.
While he enjoys painting a variety of subjects, it is Newfoundland that he finds most compelling.
Connolly's travels have also played a significant role in his work, particularly his fascination with old vehicles. His paintings often feature these iconic symbols of the past, capturing their timeless appeal and the nostalgia they evoke.
To create his art, Connolly uses a camera to capture his subjects, and then works from photographs to translate them onto canvas in his studio.
Despite having lived in Toronto for many years, Connolly regularly returns to Newfoundland for inspiration. His paintings evoke a sense of place and time, conjuring memories of earlier days and reflecting his deep love for this unique and special region.
Through his art, Connolly captures the essence of Newfoundland, its people, and its history, inviting viewers to share in his passion for this remarkable place.
To view more of David's art visit: www.davidconnolly.ca
David, how has your art helped you cope during a difficult time in your life?
"Painting has been an incredibly therapeutic outlet for me, providing a sense of solace and calmness that I cannot find elsewhere. When I enter my studio, I am fully immersed in my artwork and the outside world fades away. It's a space where I can fully express myself and escape from the stresses and worries of daily life.
During the long and challenging Covid pandemic, painting was a true savior for me. While my spouse was working from home, I was fortunate enough to continue walking to my studio every day, 40 minutes each way, providing a much-needed sense of normalcy and routine. The physical exercise I got from walking, combined with the creative outlet of painting, helped me maintain a positive mindset and remain grounded during this difficult time."