South Shore sketches

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>Commercial buildings on Bridgewater&#8217;s King Street.</p>
  • <p>Another view of King Street in Bridgewater with an inconspicuous dog.</p>
  • <p>Chow often includes a drawing of his daughter as a young girl in his artwork.</p>
  • <p>From Shipyards Landing in Bridgewater.</p>
  • <p>Young girl looks on at the LaHave Bakery.</p>

Hailing from the opposite side of the country, renowned Vancouver artist Raymond Chow, who now lives in Pleasantville, is a long way from the west coast city's glitzy high rises, bustling East End and Chinatown.

Drawings of life on the South Shore are now occupying at least part of the artist's time, and whose work has hung in the illustrious Harrison Gallery and Art Emporium in Vancouver's Gastown as well as in galleries in other major cities across Canada. His work has also been shown in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Shanghai and London.

And, according to Chow, his art has been collected by a string of notables, including Yugoslavia's Princess Elizabeth, India's Indira Gandhi, Sir Roger Moore of James Bond fame, Sonny and Cher, Paul Anka, Clint Eastwood and Gordon Lightfoot.

The 1,000 or so sketches he's produced on the Atlantic shores portray a simplicity to life here of almost fairy tale quality.

LighthouseNOW recently met with the artist and share some of his drawings of Bridgewater and area with readers here.

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