My Visual Self Revealed – Original stories and Paintings of Newfoundland by Elijah Lloyd Pretty


This book is compilation of original artworks and stories that reveal the artist, the era, and the place where he discovered his own distinctive artist’s style as a youngster, and then honed his talents into a mature portrayer of daily life in Newfoundland, Canada. His oil paintings are widely sought after, and can be seen in many galleries and private homes across Canada. This book commemorates both the art and the artist in stunning reality and lyrical revelations of past times.

About Author - Elijah Lloyd Pretty

Lloyd (1944-2020) was born in Chapel Arm, Newfoundland to a large family. His father, Clarence, worked at a distant lumber camp and wasn’t always home, so the task of providing guidance and teaching often fell to his mother, Lucy.
Even at an early age, art was a major part of Lloyd’s life. With eight other siblings to compete with, money for art supplies wasn’t always available. Recognizing her son’s natural ability to draw, Lucy saved up just enough money to buy young Lloyd Jon Gnagy’s Learn to Draw kit for Christmas in 1956. This gift reinforced her son’s life-long passion.
As an adult living in Montreal, Lloyd continued to hone his craft, resulting in many new creative ventures. His art career took flight when a gallery offered him a small show in Montreal and then in Halifax. With every solo show selling out, he quickly became a sought-after realist.
In addition to teaching art classes independently and at the College of the North Atlantic, his work has sold all over the world, appearing in private and corporate collections. He is currently living in Stephenville, Newfoundland where he continues to paint on a daily basis and produce a small number of limited edition prints.
Lloyd passed away in January 2020. We miss him.



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