The Princely Isle

THE PRINCELY ISLE by Kiernan Antares
THE PRINCELY ISLE by Kiernan Antares | Acrylic & Pencil on 24″ X 30″ Gallery Wood Panel | #18P-002-138-BW

Artwork Statement

As a young city girl living in the midst of noise, I became aware of something very special—in the stillness, there exists a voice that cuts through the darkness and touches the soul. Maybe it tells a story of the places we live, why we’re there, why it feels like home, and what we’re meant to do.

At the family cottage, or visiting family in the East Coast, the sun, the moon, the stars, the land; the rivers and creeks I walked and listened to, the lakes and oceans I would swim in or watch the ripples and tides, the trees and leaves that whispered in their steadfast existence… everything would connect and fill me somehow with God’s presence.

In this Canada Legacy Series, I’m using both imagination, real life experience, and prayers to tap into the beauty of the land and peoples to paint and write the impressions that come. To simply be an interpreter… bringing forth the beauty, power, wisdom, love and grace of the LAND-SEA-SKY and the ever-present, ever-loving Creator of all.

The Princely Isle (PEI)—an abstract representation of the smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island, known for its pastoral landscape with rolling hills, farmland, red sand beaches, ocean coves,  lighthouses, lobsters, and mussels, and of course, home of the beloved novel of the high-spirited and unstoppable Anne of Green Gables, penned by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

PEI, described by Jacques Cartier in 1534 as “the fairest land that may possibly be seen,” was known by its earliest settlers, the Mi’kmaq as Abegweit, meaning “cradle in the waves.” This crescent shaped island is relatively new, the land having emerged when the last glaciers melted about 5,000 years ago.

It has a dreamlike quality operating in its own form of island time, and sounds like a place to live if you’re looking for a real quality of life, with living food fresh from farm to table, a relaxing pace, and an ideal place to raise a family, all throughout the island.

I visited this quaint isle twice in my younger days, and it stays with me as a gentle dreamy place and I was ever so happy to tour around with my parents, and most especially my heart was so taken by the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, where she was raised by her grandparents in Cavendish, and where the Ann of Green Gable novel series was written.  Maybe it was here that my lifelong love of island coastal living began.  Such a simpleness there, and a quieter living so akin to my nature.

It was there my favourite childhood photos were taken. Here’s one with my mum in front of the famous home, one inside by myself, and then there’s the typewriter—that I like to imagine was the very thing that inspired my love of writing, my dream of being a writer.

Rolling green hills, blossoming trees, long stretches of red-sand beaches, maybe riding horseback there splashing on the shoreline, it is these images that I held inside as I painted The Princely Isle. This is the very rare piece where I painted the very vision I imagined. Somehow, I think this island is very blessed with a kiss of perfection.

The Princely Isle…

I couldn’t resist a little Stompin Tom Connors… it is Canada after all.