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Doug Palmateer, St. Catharines Artist Extraordinaire!

© Mike Keenan

Wings fully outstretched, a large, yellow-eyed, black-beaked, white snowy owl glides menacingly towards me, despite the fact that I am standing in Doug Palmateer's well-lit, St. Catharines' basement studio. Doug is an accomplished pastel artist, and he is diligently working from a neighbour's photos of an owl that in winter, seems to frequent the decreasingly open fields near the new St Catharines hospital on Fourth Ave.

Doug is adept with the myriad short pastel sticks that consist of pure powdered pigment and a binder, and he says that he also uses both hands to help colour the canvas. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all coloured art media, including oil paints. Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance.

Mosaics of Niagara is a popular geographic montage of the Niagara region created by Doug. The viewer is transported on a seasonal visual tour of Niagara's iconic landscapes via twelve high quality 11" x 14" lithographs (one for each month) that includes: St. Catharines' Henley Regatta, the B.M.E. Church and Port Dalhousie's Pier as well as the Niagara Gorge, Chippawa, the site of one of the bloodiest War of 1812 battles, Niagara-on-the-Lake's gazebo, wine country, tender fruit blossoms, butterflies in the Niagara Parks Conservancy, the Escarpment, the Welland Canal, and, of course, Niagara Falls. The product makes for a perfect gift as a memento of Niagara.

The three subject choices for St. Catharines are appropriate. "Early Morning Workout on the Henley, Martindale Pond" is evocative of the long hours of daily practise regimen required for success in rowing. St. Catharines has hosted the Royal Canadian Henley regatta since 1903. It's also a World Rowing Championship site and considered one of the premier competitive rowing venues in North America.

A National Historic Site, the British Methodist Episcopal Church was an Underground Railway terminus where Harriet Tubman led freedom seekers into Canada. It was the last stop for escaped slaves with a memorial tribute there for Tubman, American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.

The Port Dalhousie's Pier and its deteriorating condition has recently caused municipal alarm. A landmark since the 1800's and built to enclose the entrance to the second Welland Canal, the pier in Old Port Dalhousie served recreational boaters in the community.

Toronto born, Doug Palmateer moved to St. Catharines in 2001. After study at the Ontario College of Art and Design, he became an accomplished landscape artist with over forty years of experience. He resides with his partner and wife, Susan Botting who is originally from St. Catharines. He tells me that he started out drawing murals on walls and when I ask about artistic influences, he quickly replies that he appreciates the realism of Robert Bateman, Canadian naturalist and painter, also born in Toronto.

Doug has exhibited works commissioned by the Province of Ontario, and with Mosaics, he portrays the Niagara Region in luminous pastels, so vivid that they appear photographic. Mosaics of Niagara is available at Rozie's Breakfast Cafe in Port Dalhousie, Chapters and at Hallmark's on Martindale Rd.

Doug and Susan love to explore Maine's rocky coast and he has produced enticing seascapes from which one can almost taste the salty air. His website is located at: http://www.dougpalmateer.com/ .


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