A delight to both the eye and the heart, Landry’s art, prints and posters are an invitation to the peace and beauty of nostalgic memories. Come home to his romantic imagery of widow’s walks and white picket fences, schooners and sloops, carousels and striped awnings, quaint verandahs, window boxes bursting with blossoms, and that first warm spring afternoon at the flower market. The artist’s sharp, crisp colors express balmy summer afternoon, brilliant fall foliage, or the soft snow of a frosty winter’s morn, inviting the viewer to savor the best of every season.
Now one of the most popular painters of nostalgia art, prints and posters in the U.S., Landry was born on the coast of Canada, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The grandson of two sea captains (one Scottish, the other French), it was inevitable that he, too, turn to the sea as he grew older, working with fishermen on the banks of Nova Scotia and helping them pull up their nets and traps. Never far away were his sketchpad and camera. “I believe that you have to know your subject to paint it well,” he says. “Spending time on the sea has allowed me to know its many moods.”
Landry started working his way through the Nova Scotia College of Art and also attended the Art Students League in New York City. Shortly afterward, he took a brief sabbatical to paint the sea and the people who make their living from it. Finally Landry settled in Connecticut, where he taught at Westport’s Famous Artists School and wrote the popular textbook On Drawing and Painting. He still lives near the shore, enjoying the company of his wife and three children. He maintains an interest in sports car racing, gardening and golfing.