The Rock Stands Out

THE ROCK STANDS OUT by Kiernan Antares | Acrylic and Pencil on 24″ X 30″ Gallery Wood Panel | #18P-003-139-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 Rock Stands Out (NFLD)—an abstract representation of the land on the edge of North America, where a blend of Irish, English, French and Indigenous peoples combine to create a unique, quirky, fun-loving, and colourful, storytelling culture. Off the beaten path, Newfoundland and Labrador forge their own world in their own way… slightly off-kilter but oh so beautiful whether to the left or to the right of the rest of us.

Newfoundland, an Atlantic province I have no story to share, no personal experience of it, only my research and the knowing of a friend from there who speaks lovingly and longingly of his desire to return to The Rock.

There is something so delightful to hear one tell tales of the glory of their hometown or homeland. To the regaling of their memories and what makes it so special that there is no other place that can fill that void, reserved just for their way and their walk in it, drawing them back always to the end of time.

New Isle, Terra Nova, The Rock, Newfoundland the Island is sited has having ‘The Most Hilarious Town Names in Canada,’ (CBC) with names such as Dildo, Come By Chance, Blow Me Down, Goobies, Witless Bay, and more sweet ones like Heart’s Desire, Heart’s Content, and Cupids. This must give us an impression to both shake our heads in disbelief, yet bring a smile and a twinkle to the eye.

Apparently there are more varieties of English spoken here than anywhere else in the world. It’s not just in the accents, but their dialects have developed their very own dictionary and encyclopedia. You must, if you are to blend in, know what the phrase, “Who knit ya?” means. Look it up on YouTube and get acquainted with it if you plan to visit. I’m guessing that’s just one teeny example of their quirkiness.

Certainly some of the coastal communities lift the hearts with their colourful vision and tell us a little bit of their personalities.

But there’s a whole other side to consider, with the Canadian Shield, ancient Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rocks, cliffs, glacial fjords, waterfalls, and mountains. Heritage cites, rich in energy, minerals and mining, and sanctuaries to protect colonies where millions of seabirds nest annually.

Without question, Canada’s easternmost province, Newfoundland and Labrador is a place of magnificent beauty and substance.


It tickles me pink to wind up my artwork series of Canada’s territories and provinces pieces in Newfoundland, this most colourful and off-kilter place. I’ve learned so much and had an amazing experience about this vast nation, that I’m happy to call home. From Sea-to-Sea-Sea the uniqueness and beauty is astounding.

I have one more piece to complete to wrap it all up—one larger one for all of Canada. With a little pause and breath, I’ll be excited to give it my all in the home stretch.

In keeping with the joyful, eccentric and whimsical nature that is the love of Newfoundland, here’s a few of my favourite sayings that I came across:

“Stay where you’re to ‘til I comes where you’re at.” Translation: Stay where you are until I get there.

“Long may your big jib draw.” Translation: May you have good fortune for a long time.

“Oh me nerves, ye got me drove!” Translation: You’re driving me crazy.

And, on another front, a poem from one of The Rock’s literary genius’s…

“Erosion” (1931) by E.J. Pratt. A leading Canadian Poet from Newfoundland

It took the sea a thousand years,
A thousand years to trace
The granite features of this cliff,
In crag and scarp and base.

It took the sea an hour one night,
An hour of storm to place
The sculpture of these granite seams
Upon a woman’s face.

The Rock Stands Out… I hope to visit one day…