Originally a home for the park ranger “Wattie”, this island lies in Lake Kawawaymog, on the edge of Algonquin, part of Canada’s early, bold experiment in preserving its wilderness.
This island also hosted a great friend of Wattie’s – Tom Thomson, who inspired the famous ‘Group of Seven’ painters, who gave Canada a powerful voice for her landscape and culture. Tom stayed with him on the island many times and painted three of his small works there.
As a painter myself, born and raised in Canada, the island resonated with me on so many levels. Separated from the mainland by wave and wind, I felt a deep connection with the Algonquin landscape.
It was a dream fulfilled, to spend days watching, listening, as the sky, land and water reverberated all ’round, pulsating with the raw energy of these pristine and untamed, northern shores.