Baffin Island series is what many argue his strongest artistic
statement. Inspired by the beauty of the high arctic, he and
his wife, Grace, traveled to Pond Inlet in July 1981. Donald
had traveled in the western arctic and central arctic near
McKenzie and the Beaufort Sea in his earlier years. His trip
to the Eastern Arctic (Baffin island) rounded out his arctic
experience and while there stayed at the magnificent Frobisher
which proudly displays many of Donald's Baffin Island prints.
Baffin Island series represents the culmination of a lifelong
dedication to painting and is a showcase of the talents he
developed over his lifetime.
stunning scenes were sketched quickly from the air, whereas
others were sketched from a boat. Donald was upset by the
destruction occurring in the remote and fragile arctic environment.
This led Donald to paint the emotionally charged Baffin #1
the ("former") mating ground of the Caribou. The
Caribou and their mating grounds have been destroyed by over-hunting
and the rampant use of all terrain vehicles.
painted as many as 11 paintings of this beautiful part of
Canada and all are of his larger size (36" X 48")
which he felt was necessary to reflect the vastness of the
rush. Spend the time and browse through each series in the
collection. Each original oil painting is a piece of Canadian
History to be enjoyed by all.