eileen matthews

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box 105, 27 Tory Road,
New Perlican, Newfoundland and Labrador


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Eileen Balsom Matthews was born in Heart’s Content. The Heart’s Content Lighthouse is the subject of one of her paintings. (The Keeper’s Mistress)

Eileen’s paintings are based on strong connections to the landscape, the culture, the people, and the way of life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland iconics (jelly bean row houses, lighthouses, puffins, icebergs, mummers etc.) and Outport Newfoundland in particular is the inspiration of most of her work. Eileen’s affinity with the heritage of the province has given her a deep commitment to preserving history, both tangible and intangible for future generations In fact, she has been recognized for her heritage work in many newspaper articles, interviewed by Heritage NL and was presented with the federal government “Making a difference” award by Judy Foote, then the MP for Trinity Conception. Eileen is deeply involved in Tourism promotion for her area as she believes our history and tourism go hand in hand.

As far as painting style goes, she paints in acrylics and prefers realism and as you can probably see from her work she is detail driven. This instinct for detail definitely slows down the process-bit of a struggle sometimes. She is definitely not a loose painter and therefore am not partial to the palette knife painting. Eileen’s artwork can be found all over Newfoundland and so far, In Alberta, as well. She has been interviewed by Eastlink TV for their Discovering Newfoundland program. And has been the subject of other promotional videos by individuals and companies for her website, facebook and instagram promotion.

For the most part Eileen is self-taught however she has done courses with many well known Newfoundland artists such as Cliff George and Rosemary Byrne. Not everyone can afford an original work of art, therefore she offers hers in reproduction prints at an affordable price. Art, like music, is meant to be shared by everyone. Therefore, she is now trying to keep the limited edition size for reproductions at a low number and of course, affordable prices.Her artwork is very colourful.

Eileen lives in New Perlican where she and her husband William retired. Art is her second career after banking from which she retired in 2008. It is in her home that she creates best, where she’s surrounded by love and able to see the harbour and fishing stages every day. She welcomes people from all over Canada daily to her home from May to October months and after that, by appointment. She tells everyone to “watch for the signs on the road through New Perlican” to find her.

Open June to October; otherwise by appointment; call 709 583 2443

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Hours of operation

By Appointment Only