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
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
Westports 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 Captains 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.
Landrys 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.