Whether it be past or present, we can all probably remember getting a new pair of skates for Christmas. Remembering the anticipation of wanting to lace them up and try them out on the nearest frozen pond or gulley.
Looking back on my childhood memories, I can remember clearing a spot on the pond next to my grandmother’s house in Blaketown, and spending hours there with friends and family. I believe this tradition holds true in a variety of Newfoundland towns. We, as Newfoundlanders, have been blessed with the rugged beauty of the landscape of this province, whether it is my town or yours. This acrylic on canvas depicts a scene from a frozen pond in the beautiful Newfoundland town of Brigus, where a group of children are enjoying their “Christmas Skates”.
May fun, laughter, and cherished memories of the holiday season be with you and your family.
About the Artist
Kelly McEntegart-Sheppard is a self-taught artist born and raised in Blaketown, Newfoundland where her studio is today. She lives there with her husband, Larry, and two children, Kelsey, Logan, and their dog Skippy.
She started painting as a hobby at the age of fourteen and now makes it her career. Along with creating new pieces, Kelly continually contributes to the Arts in education. She has been developing and teaching art projects to elementary students for the past seven years.
Her works are repeatedly noted to create nostalgic emotions. As clearly seen in her work, she gets her inspiration from the little things in life that mean the most. Among these are her love of animals, the detail and beauty in nature, along with her love for the innocence of the children in her life, particularly her own son and daughter. Christmas Skates”.
Kelly was featured under Artist Profile in “Collectibles Canada” magazine. Kelly has been nominated for awards in the arts on both a provincial and a national level. To see more of her works please view her website at www.kmacart.com
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