Walton likes to travel. For Lloyd, roads were always leading him
to his next adventure while traveling for his job as a director
cinematographer. On his journeys, Lloyd always carried a
sketchbook with him to record certain special moments and places.
Over the years, many of those dirt roads, trails and highways made
it into his paintings.
paintings in this exhibition feature the highways, landscapes,
objects and architecture from places across Canada and elsewhere.
A farmer's 1949 Pontiac sits rusting in a Saskatchewan field. A
church in Northern Ontario sits forlorn, snowed in and awaiting
its fate along the lonely Highway 11. Idyllic scenes of Muskoka
moments range from a ghost dancehall, elegant wooden boats to a
starburst over Lake of Bays, illuminating a mysterious assembled
group of people.
had a successful career as a multi-award winning director
cinematographer. Specializing in short films, I learned the
principles of storytelling,” explains Lloyd who has had many
short stories published and is waiting for the release of his
latest work, Positively
North Street: A Journey to the Near and Distant Past.
in three media has its advantages. Each one requires intense
concentration. “Coming back to painting after a long period of
writing, for example, is a refreshing experience,” notes Lloyd.
“Surrounded by all my tools again, they greet me as an old
friend. As I’m refreshed, I want to give it all I’ve got.
However, when I do get charged up and start to get it down, I
always realize that the job will be much harder than I thought.
There is often a moment when I want to give up. It’s at that
time I’ve learned that in the next hour there will be a turning
point. It is good for the soul to face challenges, especially
creative challenges. ”
film, writing and painting career has given Lloyd many memorable
experiences. He has received more than 35 awards including awards
from the Academy of Canadian Cinema, the World Festival of Tourism
Films in Milan, Italy and the American Indian Film Festival in San
Francisco. Then Governor George W. Bush made Lloyd an Honorary
Texan. He was the Creative Director for a gift from the Province
of Ontario to HRH Queen Elizabeth. While filming, he was once
kissed by a moose while surrounded by black bears, has been in the
middle of a herd of caribou, stared a polar bear in the eye and
had tigers jumping over him.
his exhibition, Lloyd says: "I hope people take the time to
take a second look. In doing so, they might feel that something is
going on or has gone on. Or, is something about to happen?"