Vancouver Sun, May 6 1942

Gallery Showing Payne Paintings

by Mildred Valley Thornton

     An exhibition of the work of David H. Payne, art master of the Qualicum Beach Private School, opens this week at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Mr. Payne was born and educated in England and has had his paintings shown at many well-known galleries in the Old Country and on this continent.
     The present collection includes both watercolors and oils, and shows the artist pre-eminently occupied with the study of landscape. The work is low in color and tone, a tendency which is emphasized by the unfortunate use of dark frames.
     The scenes are mostly of places on Vancouver Island, showing a predilection for tree subjects in which the artist does his best work. The exhibit as a whole is conservative and restrained in character with a highly personalized point of view.
     "Evening over the Malahat" is an interesting composition, and "Into the morning" is a fine tree study against strong light. There are a number of marine views of well-known spots, and several paintings showing the tall timber of the Island.

Clipping provided courtesy of Vancouver Art Gallery Library