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CULTURAL CURRENTS: Harry Stooshinoff

author: Denny Manchee

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HARRY STOOSHINOFF comes from Kamsack, Saskatchewan – farm country, vistas, sweeping land and sky. “Growing up on the Prairie is what all of these are about,” says the animated 60 year-old, describing the array of 9” x 12” paintings stacked against the wall. “It’s about seeing space and feeling the quality of the air. Landscape is spiritual; it’s not just where you are, it’s a living thing.”

Harry taught art at Trinity College School in Port Hope for 26 years, retiring in 2015. The small works started there because he could fit them into the gaps in his schedule. He says he’d do four or five thumbnail sketches a day during his lunch hour and then pick one to work into a painting at night.

A quick, assertive painter, he now finds inspiration during his daily walks around the country property he shares with his wife, artist Jane Zednik. “The aim is to remain a working artist, keep the process fresh and do it till you drop dead!” says Harry. You can see more of his work at harrystooshinoff.com and on etsy.com/shop/paintbox.

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