Nature Writing & Wilderness Paintings by Rick de Haan

My Artwork


(click on stories and poems in the right margin)


ALGONQUIN DAWN — A day in the life of Tom Thomson 



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The painting is almost done! It’s starting to look like home. The weather is cool and the colours are fading, although the distant hills across the lake are still gorgeous.

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BEAVER POND REFLECTIONS — Acrylic on Panel – 11 x 14 in. – ready-to-frame

The wilderness comes alive in autumn when the maples glow with vibrant colour. The calm surface of the beaver pond reflects the woods with a depth that can only be appreciated when one sits quietly on the opposite shore to drink in its beauty. A gentle breeze may blur the reflection now and then, further adding to the mystery of this wild place.

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REFLECTIONS OF MONET  —  Acrylic on Panel –  both are 6 x 12 in. – $180.00 for the pair (ready-to-frame)

I painted these two studies not only because I love Claude Monet’s work, but also because I love to paint water reflections; and Monet was a master! From 1920 to 1926 Monet stayed on his Giverny estate and painted huge panels of his water lily pond in different light conditions. Many of the 40 panels in this series are 6.5 x 14 feet (2 x 4.25 metres) and were painted for a large elliptical room at the Musée de L’Orangerie in Paris. Viewers of this exhibit would have experienced a panoramic view of Monet’s contiguous water reflections, for he had painted enough to fill the entire perimeter of this airy, light-filled room. The paintings not only reflect the cloud filled sky (top) but also lush foliage on the far bank and reveal pond weeds under the surface as well (bottom). Brilliant brushwork from a man who spent his entire adult life studying light and nature with paint. He was 80 when he started the series and died at 86. Claude Monet (1840-1926) is considered the father of Impressionism.

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WINTER FENCE – Acrylic on Panel – 18 x 24 in. – $450.00 ready to frame – $550.00 framed

I painted this piece a few years back but recently added a small red cardinal just for colour and interest. He’s easier to spot on the original, but you can just make him out here . . . if  you can find him!

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GOD’S GREAT WILDERNESS – Acrylic on Gallery Canvas — 18 x 24 in. — (can be framed, but doesn’t need to be) $450.00 — see poem about this painting called “A Rising Wind”, in the right margin.

As with all my paintings, I like to imagine I am actually there—seeing what you’re seeing—feeling the chill of the rising wind. I don’t know if the billowing storm clouds are just passing by or heading my way. The stark contrast of distant poplars against an ominous, dark sky has me completely enthralled, as does the play of low sunlight on the treetops. The small rocky island is thankfully just a short paddle from where I sit in my canoe, marvelling at the raw beauty of God’s great wilderness.

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TRANQUIL BEACH – watercolour & white gouache, 6 x 9 in. on 190 lb. paper, $90.00 (ready-to-frame)

This beach was very quiet . . . just nature! — see accompanying story, THE TRANQUIL BEACH, in the right margin.

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SUNNY POOL, EVERGLADES – watercolour, 6 x 9 in. on 190 lb. paper, $75.00 (ready-to-frame)

We found scenes like this all throughout the Everglades in South Florida…a mysterious place, full of beauty and surprises — see accompanying story,  A LAND OF MYSTERY in the right margin.

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ROCKY ISLAND – watercolour sketch, 5.5 x 8.5 in. on paper, SOLD

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LUSH MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY, Organ Mountains,  New Mexico

We found this idyllic high valley deep in the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces, New Mexico. The monolith in this painting was magnificent as the sun cast its rays over the very peak, setting the rock itself in shadow while lighting up the small valley in which we stood. To give some perspective to this scene, I painted Kim stopping on the trail to take in the beauty. We were very high up and the vegetation was so lush and green with alpine flowers growing everywhere. Where we started our hike, the altitude was much lower and the yuccas and grasses were more drab and desert-like in appearance. (Acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches)  $350.00 (ready-to-frame)

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The evening sky is set ablaze with the disappearing sun. The jagged peaks of the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces New Mexico stand in rugged contrast to the flat desert floor. The mountains are named after their likeness to the pipes of an organ from a grand cathedral. We marvelled at their vastness as we hiked among them in April, 2016. Everything seems big in New Mexico, but the vast, glowing sky steals the show in this painting. (acrylic on gallery canvas, 36 x 24 inches) Introductory price: $750.00 (ready-to-frame)

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As the leaves on the trees die, they reveal spectacular colours. Autumn is a season when I feel most alive and love to get out in nature to paint and take pictures. The colours only last for a very short time and then the weather turns cold and winter sets in. I hope to produce many more autumn paintings in the future since they warm my spirit during the cold snowy days of winter. (acrylic on panel, 24 x 16 inches) $350.00 unframed, $425.00 framed.

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WHEN TIME WAS A VOID – 14.4″ x 18″ Acrylic on panel – $200.00 (ready-to-frame)


WOODLAND TRAIL – 14″ x 21″ Acrylic on panel – $250.00 (ready-to-frame)


A STILLNESS DESCENDS – 16″ x 20″ Acrylic – $250.00 unframed $295.00 framed  (See accompanying story)


SUNSET ON THE HILL – 11″ x 14″ Acrylic – $95.00 (ready-to-frame)

As the dying vegetation of late autumn turns the landscape to a muted palette of burnt umber and yellow ochre, one can still look to the skies for colour . . . especially at the end of the day. I painted this in my studio while looking out the window at the distant hills to the northwest.

November Bluster

“November Bluster”  8″ x 10″ Acrylic on Panel  $75 (ready-to-frame)



14″ x 11″ Acrylic on panel

This is a colour sketch (a painting in its own right) for a commission. Yes, I will paint to order! It is for one of two large abstracts a local couple hired me to produce for their beautiful log home. The largest of the two is 48 x 60 inches (4 x 5 feet) and the smaller one is 36 x 24 inches . . . my biggest projects to date. I’ve designed the colours to go with their decor, and they’re thrilled. Now it’s full steam ahead!

Windswept Bay

WINDSWEPT BAY, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

The painting below is actually the colour sketch or preliminary painting for the large format painting shown above. This is the same technique that Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven used to produce their gallery pieces. The price is $950.00 plus delivery (if applicable). Please message me on this blog or on my Facebook page if you are interested in purchasing this one of a kind painting or any of my others that are still available, and I’ll look after all the details.


“Windswept, Georgian Bay” 11″ x 14″, Acrylic on panel. $200.00 Unframed

Windy Day

A Windy Day, 11″ x 14″, $200.00 unframed

Rapids at Burleigh Falls

Rapids at Burleigh Falls  $200.00 unframed

Rising Storm

RISING STORM, 36 x 24 in. – SOLD

Gallery canvas has 1-1/2 inch sides. The painting wraps around all 4 edges – which means you don’t have to frame it. It can be framed, however, if you wish.

Trees and Hill Algoma 1919

Lawren Harris’ Trees and Hill Algoma 1919 (repainted)

I’ve always admired this painting by Lawren Harris, 1885-1970. Harris was one of the founding members of the Group of Seven and had a great influence on Tom Thomson. It’s printed on an old art calendar I have laying around. The original size is about 11″ x 14″ and is oil on panel. A similar oil sketch of the same size sold for $112,000.00. If I wanted it on my wall, I knew I’d just simply have to paint it and frame it, which I’ve done. This is the copy which is 11″ x 14″, acrylic on panel.

Late Afternoon Birches in Autumn

Late Afternoon Birches in Autumn

24 x 30 Acrylic on Gallery Canvas  $1,200

Study of Light Through Water

11 x 14  Acrylic on Panel  $150 Unframed

Deep Silence

Deep Silence

11 x 14 Acrylic on Panel  $150 Unframed

Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl

24 x 18 Acrylic on Board $375 Unframed $425 Framed

Snowy Hideaway

Snowy Hideaway

24 x 30 Acrylic $425 Unframed $475 Framed

Grace Lake

Grace Lake SOLD


Tom Thomson’s “Northern River”


Birch Lake

Birch Lake

Birch Lake 16 x 20 Acrylic on Plywood $225 Unframed $265 Framed


Snowy Pines 16 x 20 Acrylic  SOLD

Mountain Eagle

Mountain Eagle SOLD


Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel
12 x 10 Watercolour on Illustration Board
2nd place in all of Canada in Chrysler Search for Canadian Wildlife Artists, Toronto 1984
$150 Framed


Comments on: "My Artwork" (2)

  1. Bob Fuhlhage said:

    Beste Rick,
    Ik heb nooit geweten dat wij zo’n fantastische kunstenaar in de familie hebben.
    In een woord schitterend.
    Wij hoorden van Inge dat zij via internet contact met jou en Kim heeft gehad.
    Wij, Nel en ik, hopen ook nog iets van jullie te horen.

    • Beste Bob,

      Het is zo goed van je te horen. (Sorry if my dutch is a little awkward.) Dankjewel voor je mooie woorden. Ja het is een hobbie dat ik altijd wat interessen in gehad heb. Ik verdien er ook wat geld bij als ik een verkoop. Zo nu en dan lukt het met een goede schilderij . . . soms niet, haha.

      Ja, wat leuk dat wij allemaal kunnen kletzen over email of Facebook, he? De wereld wordt steeds kleiner met technologie. Ik hoor dat jullie allebij gezond zijn. Iedereen is wat ouder dan the de laatste keer dat wij in Nederland waren (23 jaar geleden!) Kim en ik hebben leuke herrineringen van de tijd dat wij bij jullie logeerden. Iedereen hier is ook goed. Inge en Marion hebben allebij mijn email. Dit is publiek, zo ik kan niet teveel zeggen.

      Groeten, Rick

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