Harold Allanson

Harold Allanson holds a life-long interest in drawing and painting but didn’t express his talent fully until he took early retirement. He then delved seriously into his art and hasn’t looked back.

Much of Harold’s stimulation comes from the area where he lives: the inspiring scenery of British Columbia’s West Coast. Like many artists, he is acutely aware of the natural beauty around him and has an eye for shapes, patterns, and the effects of lights and darks.

His watercolours depict boats and the people connected to them—the aged, battered tugs that still provide sustenance for skipper and crew, and the older fishing boats that are quickly disappearing. His paintings are bold, realistic works often expressed in strong colours, revealing water reflections late in the day, early morning sunlight, or deep shadows—the style of painting that will catch the viewer’s eye from a distance.

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