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Interpreting Landscapes

June 23 – July 23, 2022

Canadian Landscape filtered through the Artist’s Lens


[Hamilton, ON, May 14, 2022]-Earls Court Gallery is excited to present “Interpreting Landscapes” in Gallery starting June 23, 2022, showcasing new paintings by artists Victoria Pearce (Hamilton) and Carol Finkbeiner Thomas (London).

This dual exhibition featuring Victoria Pearce (Hamilton) and Carol Finkbeiner Thomas (London) contrast the artists’ different interpretations of how the Canadian landscape can be depicted with paint.

Victoria Pearce works with the land she knows best that being the Bruce trails showcasing Hamilton’s many waterfalls and the Canadian Shield near her cottage. She takes in the majestic views and filters them through colour theory and linear lines to create labyrinth like interpretations of these special locations.

Carol Finkbeiner Thomas plays with landscapes in her imagination to create paintings that often reminds us of a place, or the feeling of a place. Her paintings tend to depict landscapes that lie between abstraction and representational.

The paintings will be featured in the vast main gallery. All artworks will be featured online upon installation. Entry is free and family friendly.

“Interpreting Landscapes” exhibition can be viewed in person at 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton. Earls Court Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.



Victoria Pearce

Victoria Pearce is currently focused on the Ontario Landscape in all its vast diversity. As a Hamilton artist and avid hiker part of her process is to enthusiastically observe and record as she hikes or paddles along. Pearce is an enthusiastic Bruce Trail Conservancy member inspired by the many waterfalls, rock formations and challenges of its 900 km length. She is also a cottager on the edge of Algonquin Park and loves to travel the province and its many waterfalls, grand pine forests, silhouetted islands, craggy cliffs and voluminous skies. Within them she finds the shapes, lines, colours, patterns and forms she so loves. There will never be time to experience them all, but she tries.

Pearce’s labyrinth style of landscape is a unique one. It evokes a myriad of associations from ancient writings to tile or knitted patterns, even mathematical principles to some. You will find looking at the paintings from a distance is a drastically different experience than a closer inspection. Please, come for a closer look.

Carol Finkbeiner Thomas


Imagination often instructs the painting, trying to produce something that reminds us of a place, or the feeling of a place, and a physical work that lies between abstraction and image. I am interested in the dashes and marks that talk to us of actual things without illustrating, and the sense of atmosphere and space that can be created on a two-dimensional surface with abstracted gestures and layers of paint.


Carol Finkbeiner Thomas is primarily an oil painter whose subjects include landscape, floral and figurative work. Colour, texture and mood play important roles in her works which have been described as evocative and deeply atmospheric. Carol was born in London, Ontario and raised north of Toronto. She returned to London in the early 1990’s after receiving her Honours Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts at York University. Her work has been widely collected in both Canada and the United States.