“Silent Night” by Julia Bursey George
The tiny Anglican Church of Quidi Vidi is perched high atop a hill overlooking the once bustling fishing village. Though small in size, this cozy church once played a huge role in the life of the community. Too small of a rector of its own, ministers form St. Thomas Anglican Church in St. John’s would travel to Quidi Vidi to hold service. During the Christmas season, villagers packed into the small sanctuary to worship and celebrate the spirit of the season. This painting depicts the clergyman’s arrival and a “Silent Night in Quidi Vidi.”
This painting was inspired by Julia’s great-grandfather, Canon Henry Dunfield, an Anglican clergyman who served the tiny “Christchurch” of Quidi Vidi in the early 1900’s.
Though the building is no longer used as a church, this historic structure still stands where it always has – overlooking Quidi Vidi.
About the Artist
Julia Bursey George was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she still lives today. Trained as a graphic artist, she is probably better known for her teaching and the line of decorative art designs that she markets across North America.
Her first limited edition “Silent Night in Quidi Vidi” was featured as the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Christmas Tree Ornament design for the Clarenville Chamber of Commerce in 2000.
Julia’s paintings are an eclectic mix that range from the portrayal of traditional Newfoundland scenes with a reminiscent quality to art and with a more modern, dramatic approach. Her love of strong color is evident throughout her work.