The work of Paul Landry can brighten a room by its presence alone. Romantic images of flower-filled seaside gardens, cozy cottages, and ocean shores, the paintings are bright and airy and filled with lush colors. Now one of the most popular nostalgia artists in the U.S., Landry was born on the coast of Canada, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The grandson of two sea captains (one Scottish, the other French), it was inevitable that he, too, turn to the sea as he grew older, working with fishermen on the banks of Nova Scotia and helping them pull up their nets and traps. Never far away were his sketchpad and camera. “I believe that you have to know your subject to paint it well,” he says. “Spending time on the sea has allowed me to know its many moods.” By the time Landry was seventeen, he had gained apprentice status as a photoengraver. He started working his way through the Nova Scotia College of Art and also attended the Art Students League in New York City. Shortly afterward, he took a brief sabbatical to paint the sea and the people who make their living from it. Finally Landry settled in Connecticut, where he taught at Westport’s Famous Artists School and wrote the popular textbook On Drawing and Painting. He still lives near the shore, enjoying the company of his wife and three children. He maintains an interest in sports car racing, gardening and golfing. His second book, "The Captain’s Garden: A Reflective Journey Home Through the Art of Paul Landry", was published to unanimous praise in 1996. His third book, "At the Heart of Christmas," published in 2001, was an instant sell-out. Landry’s paintings have a loyal and growing audience because they celebrate the spirit of life and bring back memories of halcyon days. “The sea, the villages that border it and the people who work it all hold a great fascination for me, providing unending sources of inspiration as they beckon my heart and hand.”
Excitement filled the air. Handmade decorations adorned the homes on either side of the snow-covered road which led to the frozen harbour. While schooners were tucked in until spring, the youngsters would play hockey and they, as well as adults, would skate their free time away. It was a time when Christmas trees were brought home to play their important role for the holy season. It was a time of family, love and peace - Christmas had a meaning. It was Canada in December - it was wonderful!
The door´s open just a crack for taking a peek—in case Santa hasn´t left yet. It´s Christmas morning at last! Gifts will be opened, happy voices will be heard and smiles will abound. Rewards for being good all year will be realized and treasured.…
All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder 200-shot carbine-action model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time. But every adult he confronts keeps telling him “You’ll shoot your eye out!” From snowsuit paralysis to the triple-dog-dare of the tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole to the Old Man’s “Major Award” burning brightly in the front window, humorist Jean Shepherd’s tale of Christmas with the family has become a modern classic. Artist Paul Landry captured the magic of Bedford Falls in "It’s a Wonderful Christmas" and he has done the same with everyone’s other holiday favorite, "A Christmas Story."
With all the eagerness of kids waiting up to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, Landry collectors look forward to the release of Paul’s annual Christmas piece. Always drawing on warm memories of his boyhood in Nova Scotia, Paul creates classic holiday scenes of timeless joy. "A Christmas Wish" offers a special personal touch as well . . . the toy maker’s name on the shop sign is derived from Joseph, Thomas and Hope, the names of Paul and Mary Landry’s three children.
“It’s... it’s... it’s indescribably beautiful! It reminds me of the Fourth of July!” – The Old Man admiring his "major award"
Last year, artist Paul Landry paid tribute to one of his favorite films, the holiday classic, A Christmas Story.
Inspired by humorist Jean Shepherd’s tale of the holidays in smalltown America, Landry brought to life the magic that has made this film a favorite with fans of all ages.This year, we move in for a close-up of the Parkers’ home on Cleveland Street, focusing on the Old Man’s “Major Award”—a garish lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg.