Walt Pinsent is a well-known, well-respected, Newfoundland Artist whose forte is landscapes, seascapes, marine interests, indigenous wildlife. This "Newfoundland Art' is finely executed in oils, with exceptional detail. The subjects are often portrayals of a disappearing Newfoundland lifestyle and of the changing Newfoundland landscape.
Walt Pinsent considers himself a Newfoundland artist first, though others would consider him 'Canadian'. His career as an artist started out west, on the prairies and later he captured the landscape of the Ottawa area. His oil painting was influenced by fellow Canadian artists, James Keirstead, who encouraged him to exhibit his landscapes and wildlife paintings and by Eleanor Olteen, who often judged artwork for exhibition. This era was a great inspiration for Walt because his work as a Canadian artist was in great demand.
He now resides in Newfoundland. Upon his return, he opened an art gallery in St. John's where he represented Newfoundland Artists. Eventually he moved on to owning a gallery designed to showcase his own Newfoundland art.
Walt presently lives in Eastport, NL, "where the hills meet the sea". His Newfoundland artwork continues to capitalize on his surroundings - the sea, ships, outport villages. and his seasonal work as a lodge manager gives him access to mountains, rivers and wildlife of interior Newfoundland and Labrador.
Walt Pinsent's painting of Battle Harbour has been bronzed and is on site, used by the Battle Harbour World Heritage Site and by Parks Canada as the official image of that amazing Newfoundland historical site.
Walt continues to interpret his beloved Newfoundland in his paintings. He works in his barnloft studio, overlooking rich farmland, sandy beaches, and the ever-changing sea. His gallery and frame shop are housed next to his heritage home, is open year round, and has a beautiful mix of original oils and reproductions. This Newfoundland artist is in his element.
Walt has enmeshed himself in his Newfoundland community, setting his roots deep. He was recently honoured by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador with the Ambassador of Tourism Award for his establishment of the Beaches Heritage Centre and his promotion of of the arts.
Drop by for a visit.