03 Feb Elijah Lloyd Pretty (1944-2020) In Memorium
It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Lloyd Pretty. Artist, author, musician, and environmentalist, he was a multi-talented individual whose accomplishments spanned a lifetime. At age 75, he has left us much to contemplate.
It was a great pleasure to work with Lloyd on his book “My Visual Self-Revealed: original paintings and stories of Newfoundland (2018). We never actually met in person, however, as his publisher, our lengthy correspondence and the occasional phone call brought us together in trust and friendship despite the miles.
To quote Judy Parsons of the Bay St. George Artists’ Association “Mr. Pretty’s legacy to the arts community in Bay St. George is unsurpassed…His love of nature, his affinity for landscapes and seascapes represented his unique talent and in-depth study of what existed around him.” In addition, Parsons says “Pretty was an inspirational teacher and mentor to his art students and he encouraged each and everyone of them to paint with joy and freedom.”*
I will miss his quirky sense of humor, the wonderful poetry he posted on FB, and his lovely watercolour paintings, which he continued to reveal until his last days.
R.I.P Lloyd, and don’t forget to take your brushes with you to paint in the skies.
Ernestine Crossfield – publisher