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Interpretive Style Paintings page 1 of 2

I invented the interpretive style of painting a number of years ago to describe more closely the magical elements of the Pacific west coast. Working with the abstracts of color and shape, the paintings develop into an interesting blend of  puzzle like pieces on close examination, while maintaining a recognizable form overall.

Description & Pricing

Original paintings $ as marked

Prints:
28x38 acrylic giclee, canvas $495
16x20 acrylic giclee, canvas $195
16x20 double matted giclee, paper$99

Original acrylic paintings on gallery wrapped canvas $ as marked

Prints:
giclee on 28x38 gallery wrapped canvas $395 (enhanced with acrylic)
giclee on 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas $195 (enhanced with acrylic)
limited edition giclee on paper, 16x20 double acid-free mat $99

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Original acrylic on canvas paintings are made with the best artist grade, light fast pigments available and can be hung in brightly lit areas. The painting extends over to finish the edges so framing is optional. My 30 x 40" originals weigh a mere 2 1/2lb (less than a cup of coffee) so hanging is simple and easy using conventional picture hooks.

Please note that as some of the image is on the edge, the face dimensions are reduced accordingly. 30x40” = 28x38” and 18x22” = 16x20”

Original paintings always look more impressive in real life than on the internet. Your satisfaction is important to me. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, I will naturally refund 100% of your sale.

Acrylic giclée prints on canvas look very similar to original paintings and are the best type of reproductions available today. They have a waterproof acrylic finish and a special mirrored edge treatment that simulates the painted edge of the original works so are ready to hang as is.

Giclees on paper are supplied with a double acid free mat and foam backing board. All you need is a common 16x20" frame.

Mat options are:

silver gray with dark blue inner mat - nice traditional look.  A mid to dark colored frame looks best

dark blue on dark blue -  dramatic and bold look, very powerful. Best with a light colored metal or wood frame.

white on white - traditional gallery choice, classy and elegant.  Goes with all decors. Best with a mid to medium dark frame.

 

James Island BC & Kayaks. A painting near Sidney BC by Barry Tate

James Island And Kayaks
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, sold
(prints available)

This is the western end of James Island near Sidney BC. At the end of the summer, the deciduous trees turn deep gold and red as they prepare for winter. The contrast against the bright blue water is spectacular so it's a favourite kayakers destination.

Charmer Point, Coal Island BC, acrylic sea scape painting by west coast artist Barry Tate

Charmer Point, Coal Island
16" x 20" acrylic on canvas, $695
(prints available)

Coal Island near the BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal is a piture-perfect island. The shore is lined with nimchuck-looking formations and caves while golden grasses and trees of all types cover the landscape.

This painting was started as a painting demonstration for the Village Gallery on August 12, 2017. A fun day with an enthusiastic audience in attendance!

HeronInFlight

Heron In Flight
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $2400 sold
(16x20 prints available)

The Great Blue heron is a magestic bird often seen poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage stands perfectly motionless while hunting, or wades with particular grace amongst slippery rocks. They may move slowly, but herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish, rarely missing their target.

Picture Lake and Shuksan Mountain painting by Barry Tate

Picture Lake
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $2400
(prints available)

Picture Lake is near the border of British Columbia and Washington State. Beautiful scenery like this is what makes the pacific northwest a world class travel destination.
 

 

Memories Of The Coast, acrylic painting by Barry Tate

Memories Of The Coast
16" x 20" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

Retirement or perhaps work sometimes causes even the most loyal "west coaster" to reluctantly leave the comfort and beauty of a BC coastal community. This interpretive painting was part of two pieces I made for a nice couple who were relocating to the Okanagan. With muted earth tones, numerous logs along the shoreline and deep blue water, it refects so many places unique to BC. .

Saxe Point Park, Victoria BC painting by Barry Tate

Saxe Point
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

Saxe Point Park in Victoria BC is a wonderful jem located close to the navy base in Esquimalt. A favorite destination for weddings because of it's pituresque setting on the ocean with the Olympic Mountains of Washington state in the distance. There are several short easy to walk trails, a spacious lawn and large smooth rocks and benches to sit on.

This painting is looking east towards Esquimalt lagoon in the far distance.

 

GorgeAndSwans

Gorge And Swans
16" x 20" acrylic on canvas, sold
(16x20 prints available)

This is a new painting of the Gorge waterway. It's a wonderful place to stroll, especially in the summer and fall. Often swans, geese and other wild birds share the quiet waters along with kayaks and canoes.

The water way begins at the Johnson Street bridge down town. One unusual feature is that it is sometimes salty ocean water and sometimes fresh water.

 

The7thHole

The 7th Hole
60" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

This is a scene from our world famous Royal Victoria Golf Course. Looking across the Jaun de Fuca straight to Olympic mountains in Washington, it is one of the most spectacular views imaginable.

East Sooke BC, Vancouver Island painting at sunset

East Sooke At Sunset
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $2300
(prints available)

The scenery around East Sooke and Peddar Bay has some of the best scenery on the south end of Vancouver Island BC. A system of relatively easy hiking trails througout East Sooke Park makes for a pleasant walk along the seashore.

Evening West, interpretive painting West coast of Canada by Tate

Saanich Inlet, Willis Point
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, sold
(prints available)

This is a view from the Malahat Summit looking towards Brentwood, Willis Point and Mt. Finlayson.The distant waterway leads onto Butcharts Gardens for those venturous enough to visit the gardens by boat.
Typical of coastal shores in this area, Arbutus trees dot the landscape along with Douglas fir, cedars and pines.
 

 

Poppies In Spring, poppy painting by Barry Tate

Poppies In Spring
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, sold
(prints not available)

Variety is the spice of life it is said and for me that's definitely true. I've never painted poppies close up before but their intense saturated reds just pop when you see them for real. I Love that and so this painting came to be.

To emphasize their colorful blossoms, I placed them over a loose abstract of opposite complementary hues of greens and blues and "backlit" their fuzzy white stems.

 

Evening West, interpretive painting West coast of Canada by Tate

Evening West
16" x 20" acrylic on canvas, sold
(prints available)

With the nice days of summer starting to be over now, my memories reflect on the wonderful skys and water colors that summer's-end makes. Rich golds and warm chestnut hues fill the sky around my home unfortunately for all too short a time. It is an inviting time for the coastal beaches and islands..

Chain Islands and Kayaks, Broken Island painting

Chain Islands And Kayaks
(1 or 3 in this triptych)
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

The Chain Islands are part of the Broken Island group off the west coast of Vancouver Island BC near Tofino and Long Beach.

It is thought to be one of the best places in the world to kayak because of the beautiful and pristine environment. Marine life abounds and black bears can often be spotted on the shoreline.

These three chain island paintings or giclée prints can be purchased individually or as a set of 2 or 3 to fill a particular space. What is especially cool, is either one of the outside paintings can be interchanged and the image still works! Chain Islands And Kinnikinnicks is always the centre piece that the other two work with.

Chain Islands and Kinnikinnicks, Broken Island painting by Barry Tate

Chain Islands And Kinnikinnicks
(middle painting in this triptych)
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

The Chain Islands are part of the Broken Island group off the west coast of Vancouver Island BC near Tofino and Long Beach.

This is the centre image of a 3 triptych set. The three chain island originals (or giclée prints) can be purchased individually or as a set of 2 or 3 to fill a particular space. A very unique feature of the set is either one of the outside paintings can be interchanged and the image still works!

The bright red Kinnikinnicks are always nice to spot along the sea shore when the season is just right.

Chain Islands and Sailboat, Broken Island painting by Barry Tate

Chain Islands And Sails
(1 or 3 in this triptych)
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

The Broken Islands off the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island BC near Tofino and Long Beach is stunning. Beautiful pristine waters with little evidence of mankind makes boating or kayaking very special. You can be out in open waters or paddling for 1/2 an hour between river-like separations between some of the islands and not see another human!

The three images can be purchased individually or as a set of 2 or 3 to fill a particular space. What is especially unique, is either one of the outside paintings can be interchanged and the image still works! Chain Islands And Kinnikinnicks is always the centre piece that the other two work with.

Arbutus and Poppies is an image of a typical west coast vista featuring an Arbutus tree, and over looking Washington State in the distance. It is a painting by Barry Tate

Arbutus And Poppies
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

Inspired by a view from a small mountain top in Metchosin (just south of Victoria) this hill top is so very typical of the area around Victoria and the Gulf Islands. Almost always after a short hike up a steep park trail, you will find a dry and grassy outcropping studded with bolders and framed with a few struggling fir and Arbutus trees. In season a variety of small natural flowers complement the landscape.

This scene over looks Whitty's Beach, a small point of land called Williams Head and in the far distance, the Olympic mountains in Washington state.

Indian Head or McIntyre Bluff in the Okanagan, BC Canada. Painting by Barry Tate

Moresby Island / Fairfax Point
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

This is one of my wife and I's favorite locations. Only 10 minutes from our home by boat, it is a great place to enjoy a quiet picnic and catch some late afternoon sun.

To the left of the red boat the land narrows to only a hundred feet across to another bay. The small grass covered bank is only about 15' above high tide which almost makes a small island of the hill behind. A very cool place!

Canada_West is an acrylic painting by Barry Tate which features a small dingy on the shoreline.

Canada West
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

This interpretive style painting was done with an earth tone pallet to echo the quiet serenity of a west coast evening. The Arbutus, Canada's only broad leaf evergreen tree only grows on the lower coast of BC and northwestern Washington state.

Ocean Emmys is a colorful painting of Parrot fish. It is an acrylic painting by Barry Tate

Kayaks And Camping
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

Inspired by a view of campers on the shore of Portland Island near my home, I decided to capture their moment in paint. Kayaking is a beautiful way to enjoy the gulf islands. Being totally quiet and slow most birds, seals and other wildlife feel unthreatened by your presence allowing a close up look at their natural habitat and behavior.

Portland Island (also called Princess Margaret Island) has many trails, most leading to or along the waters edge.

South Island View is an interpretive painting with a view fron the south end of Vancouver Island, near East Sooke.

South Island View
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

This painting is a view from an area near East Sooke park. I thought the hand made park bench made the scene especially inviting.

The park has many trails, most leading to or along the waters edge. From there one can see for miles up along the coast or even across to the Olympic peninsula in Washington state USA.

Sunlight And Garden is a painting of the gardens at Holyhock.

Sunlight And Garden
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

Have you ever been to Hollyhock on Cortes Island? Go! It's a wonderful retreat centre located near Campbell River  / Vancouver Island BC. A day or two there is a reality check that will reset your soul!

This painting was created from one of their gardens where they grown numerous flowers including of course  Hollyhocks. A variety of home grown vegetables are served daily in their award winning gourmet restaurant.

Tug and Reflections is a Nordic Tug painting by Barry Tate

Tug And Reflections
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(16x20 prints available)

Tugs play a major roll on the both coasts from guiding freighters into docks to halling huge log booms and cargo barges. The small Nordic design tug in this painting is a charming sea-worthy but recreational craft popular with a few discriminating boaters.

Cliffs and Kayaks is a painting at sunset with some kayaks passing by some small islands

Cliffs And Kayaks
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(16x20 prints available)

Two kayaks passing by the gulf islands at sunset. Colors in the sky and water actually do exist like this, especially near the end of summer.

 

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