HMCS Navy Prints by Pat Burstall


Pat BurstallMs. Burstall's work is in many private and public collections. The 24 original watercolours for the suite "Lost in Action" adorn the walls of The McKee Room at Windsor Park in Halifax. The McKee Room is open to viewing by appointment. The Maritime Command Museum has a collection of the prints and a collection of watercolours of military houses on permanent exhibition. Teaching less than in the past, she nevertheless continues the mentoring tradition by leading a fully-subscribed monthly watercolour class.

Most recently, in February 2005, Ms. Burstall was honoured by an invitation to join the Canadian Society of Marine Artists, a society dedicated to Canadian artists who have been inspired by Canada's oceans, lakes, ships and those who sail in them.

Pat Burstall has painted almost exclusively in watercolour since 1985. Watercolour is a luminous and subtle medium. Thus the remarkable quality of these ship paintings. They are rendered with grace. Their clear lines, detailed forms, and soft lights are a tribute to the men who served on the ships.

Ms. Burstall has become the most prominent painter of Canadian navy ships. In 1989, on the recommendation of its curator, Ms. Marilyn Gurney, the Maritime Command Museum appointed Ms. Burstall as Artist-in-Residence, a position she still holds.

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