FREDERICK HORSMAN VARLEY, A.R.C.A.
THE LONESOME TREE
10.25 ins x 12.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 33 cms
Called westward for a job at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1926, Varley found his new surroundings a rich source of inspiration. The glacier lakes, coastal mountains, rugged terrain and assortment of vegetation would feature heavily in a number of his works.
The Lonesome Tree makes a simplified statement in which Varley effortlessly harmonizes his graphite lines with select hues of watercolour – greens, blues, the reddish brown of the deeply grooved bark. As Peter Varley affirms, the artist had the ability to “capture the essence of a mood or character with a few lines or coloured washes…”
Peter Varley, Frederick H. Varley, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 1983, page 75.
The Art Emporium, Vancouver
Private Collection, Ontario