Status of Original Painting – Private Collection
Size: 10 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb d’Arches
Longliners, trawlers and other fishing vessels loom out of the fog at Branch, Newfoundland. Branch is a small community located very near to Cape St. Mary’s, which is the world-renowned site of the Bird Sanctuary (Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve) that in turn is home to hundreds of thousands of gannets, murres, kittiwakes, and other seabirds. Branch and Cape St. Mary’s are often enshrouded in fog due to their location at the southwestern tip of the Avalon Peninsula. A fitting legend for Branch claims that a man stumbled across a rich vein of gold while crossing the barrens on a particularly foggy day – but when the fog eventually cleared, he could never find it again!