About Me: How It All Started
"Fall at the Lake" Sheffield Park. Ontario. Oil 24x30"
"Sunday Morning" Herring Neck. Newfoundland. Oil. 30x36
"The Creek in Winter. Oil 16x20"
Painting on location with a friend near Whitney, Ontario.( Gertrude Sorensen) We are at the Madawaska river. The tarp keeps the sunlight off my canvas and protect me from any change in the weather.
Painting on location, near Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada. I paint on location year round, as much as it is possible. My van is my studio away from home. Helen and I have a small tent trailer we use in the summer time. Canada is a painters paradise, from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Ocean.
The symbol of Denmark
"The Little Mermaid" sitting at Langelinie in Copenhagen.
Poul Thranes Bio.
I was born in Denmark in 1925, Denmark is in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany (Jutland); it also includes two major islands (Sjaeland and Fyn). Denmark was once the seat of Viking raiders.
I now have my home studio in Belleville, Ontario. Canada
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Click Me - The Horne Church.
I grew up on a small farming and fishing village in Horne on the island of Fyn (Funen). Horne was established in the Viking Age and was once Denmark's biggest village. This accounts for the size of the church, which is Denmark's only round church outside Bornholm. Horne is a very picturesque little village. At the time it also had two beautiful Wind Mills. Many homes had thatched roofs; the newer ones had red tile roofs. The narrow streets and the village pond attracted artists to come and paint. Today, the Danes claim that, on the Isle of Fyn, lies a wonderful garden, where grain grows right to the shoreline. This lovely spot contains beautiful green fields that are dotted with small towns rich with history and wonderful people.
Fyn is indeed a refuge from busy life in the cities that lie not far away. Known as the 'Garden of Denmark', Fyn (Funen) has some of Denmark's most picturesque and historic castles and manor houses, set in age-old parks and gardens. Odense is famous as the birthplace of the great fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Fyn (Funen) is connected to Jutland by bridges.
I was the oldest of twelve children and as soon as I finished public school at the age of fourteen I went to work as a farm hand on one of the local farms.
I grew up around fishing boats and farms I guess that explains my love of the countryside and the sea. Horses were still the main means of transportation and for working the fields. Most of my working time was spent driving a team of horses, ploughing or haying. I wanted to join the many artists painting the village, the farmers at work and the fishermen with their boats and nets. A seed had been planted and from then on, it was my ambition to be like them, painting the things I know and love to the best of my ability. I started painting at an early age in my native Denmark where I studied under well know Danish artist Sarus Nielsen. Below is some of his work.
Egeskov Castle - Funen, Denmark
The Germans occupied Denmark on the 9th of April 1940 and did not leave until the war ended. That's when I felt it was time for me to go and see the world. I left Denmark and served in the British army for two and a half years. Stationed in India for most of that time, I had the privilege to be there when India gained their independence. At the end of my services I married Audrey, an English girl who followed me to Denmark.
After serving two years as a prison guard in Denmark my family had grown to three I decided to immigrate to Canada. Our daughter Linda was one year old the day we landed in Halifax in 1951. I studied in the evenings for three years at Ontario College of Art (OCA) attending classes under John Alfsen and George Pepper. I studied a further three years under different teachers through the famous art school.
I have painted full time since 1972 and prefer to paint on location, to capture the immediate response to a scene in nature. I hope to convey these feelings to the viewer, painting oil and watercolours in a loose impressionistic style.
All these years and right up to now I have tried to live up to my ambition to my true love in life. In 1973 we settled down near Tweed and I had my own studio and began painting full time. That was 29 years ago and I have never looked back. It has been a wonderful life, a world full of beautiful people and places to paint. I am happy to say most of my works have found their way into fine homes, public places here in Canada, and in many other countries.