Meet Robert D. Murray.

Born and raised in London, Ontario, Robert spent summers developing a love for Lake Huron. It was a family affair: his great uncle made his home on Pike Bay, Bruce Peninsula, back when Highway 6 was a gravel road.

Robert followed a career path to Cambrian College in Sudbury, where he taught Graphic Design and became co-ordinator of the Visual Arts Department. It was "love at first fight" when he met Julie, a beautiful English and Theatre teacher. The two married, taught, and had two sons.

On holidays, the Murrays would board the Chi-Cheemaun to carry them southward for a bit of civilization. Nowadays, Robert and Julie live in Brampton, within two hours of their two grandsons -- and of the Lake.

Robert will often half-jokingly beg Julie to let them move to Goderich. His paintings of the area ring true with all who love the artful touch he brings to their favourite local scenes.

Today, Robert has brought two lovely paintings of nearby homes. "I didn't care who owns them: they are visual things. I had to paint them," he offers.

We're enthralled with the shimmer Robert has created through the use of bright, contrasting colours within both architecturally-perfect lines and playful, botanical shapes. We're also enthralled with this witty, laid-back couple -- it's always hard to let them go.

When you visit the Gallery, see if you can identify the locales of our two newest exhibit pieces. Even if you don't know their addresses, you'll know where they take you.

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