Painting by Canadian Artist Bill Mason. Black Paint, probably oil, 11" X 15" and on a very thin paper. See images of back also. Assuming piece was purchased in Almonte Sale in 2000 numbered #17 on back.
Bill Mason was a Canadian naturalist, author, artist, filmmaker, and conservationist, noted primarily for his popular canoeing books, films, and art as well as his documentaries on wolves. Mason was also known for including passages from Christian sermons in his films. He was born in 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Art in 1951. He developed and refined canoeing strokes and river-running techniques, especially for complex whitewater situations. Mason canoed all of his adult life, ranging widely over the wilderness areas of Canada and the United States. Called "wilderness artist," in one book about him, Mason left a legacy that includes books, films and artwork on canoeing and wild nature. His daughter Becky Mason is a canoeist and artist. His son Paul Mason is also a canoeist and artist. Mason died of cancer in 1988.