John Raynard - The Painter and The Poet


In 2005, John started writing poetry and blank verse. Some of his poetic work is displayed alongside his art on this website.  He had the idea of combining the two visual streams of art, pictures and words, in his one-man show called "The Painter and the Poet" which was held in June 2005.

Swift River

The Saskatchewan River flows swiftly - not far from Brandon, Manitoba.


Sunset Dancers

Painted from 'out of John's head'.  Perhaps from a movie or a book he'd seen or read years earlier.  Look carefully:  Can you detect the face on the leading man's chest?


Northern Lights

Louise and John viewed the Aurora Borealis one August night in the Kananaskis area of Alberta - where the Rocky Mountains start to rise and where John's daughter was married.


Distance Lends Enchantment to the View

This was the favourite dictum of John's Mother !  The distant, undulating hills act as a backdrop to the nursing mother and child.  The simple bench and wooden fence seem to separate the two scenes.  This painting (which Louise suggested be entitled "The First Supper") hangs on a wall adjacent to "The Last Supper", a painting by John's Dad completed in 1946.