Inspiration for the Painting:
Lloyd Pretty’s inspiration for this painting came from a visit to Trinity long before he intended to create an image for the ornament. Lloyd already thought that someday he would create what was in his mind. Coming from a large family and raised along the coast of Trinity Bay Lloyd had the opportunity to experience firsthand bringing fire wood from Little Gut in a motor boat with his friends. Standing on the bank across the cove and looking at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Trinity Lloyd thought about such days and visualized people crossing the bay for church on Christmas Eve. He did a couple of sketches and filed them away for just the right time to create the image titled “Midnight Service”.
Biography of Lloyd Pretty:
Lloyd Pretty has been creating art since he was four years old; but it wasn’t until he was in his thirties when he began painting full time. He grew up in Chapel Arm, Newfoundland and went to work with his father in the lumber woods when he was seventeen. After working in the lumber woods for five years he decided to travel and ended up in Montreal where he found work on an oil tanker and sailed the seaway and the Great lakes for seven years. After he married and started his family, Lloyd found work ashore in Montreal in the oil refineries and later moved to Glace Bay, N.S, with Atomic Energy of Canada. Eventually he ended up back in Newfoundland and settled in Stephenville where he is still living today along with his wife Daphne who is also very creative in art and design.
Today Lloyd’s work is well known throughout Canada and in collections all over North America; as far away as Austria. He now produces his own Limited Edition giclée prints and paints every day.
Lloyd has won many awards for his work and has been commissioned by many people, organizations, and companies to create works of art. Some of which are Parks Canada, Newtel, Husky Oil, and many more. Republic of Doyle was a big fan and some of his work could be seen on the sets of that show.
Lloyd is currently a Member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artist, a Board Member for the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Board Member for the Folks Arts Society, St John’s as well as the Bay St George Folks Arts Council.
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