The employees association commissioned this painting to recognize the early days of their employer, Kuntz Electroplating Ltd. Presented at the annual Christmas party to the President, Paul Kuntz, and his brother, the Board Chairman, Robert (Bob) Kuntz, this painting brought forth some tears from the Kuntz brothers. It was emotional because the image shown is the first small plant started by their father. A careful look reveals a football helmet (Bobs) in the rear window of the green car.
This commissioned work depicts a young boy (Gary) fishing beside a stream that flows through the landscape near Milverton. Behind the Amish couple in the carriage, a workman (Mel) assembles pipe. Although this actual scene does not exist, I endeavour to present a believable view.
One of a series of churches that I have painted, this building is the most dramatic as it presides over this small village from its plateau. Visible from every direction, this building puts me in mind of all the theatrical church settings in rural Quebec.
A trip on my brother-in-laws boat through the passages in Georgian Bay near Port Severn was my first exposure to this beautiful landscape. A number of years later I was commissioned to paint a view of this area as a gift for a man who owns a cottage there. I have an extensive file of photographs that I have taken over the years which often serve as the basis for painting. This acrylic painting executed in a transparent watercolour way was well received. Few things are as dear to most people as their cottage and the happy times they have experienced there.
This is an historic recreation of a group of farmers visiting an artificial insemination unit. I was able, with the help of many archival photos, to build a plausible tableau. See also preliminary sketches, First Proof (Study), Image # P0483 and First Proof (Sketch), Image # P0484.
In the early days of the twentieth century in Ontario, hydro wires were installed along several roads but the responsibility to connect the farm to this public utility rested with each farmer. This painting was commissioned by a company that got their start attaching those farms to the hydro lines that bordered the roads.
Commissioned by Gay Lea Foods for their 50th Anniversary. A farmers’ co-operative with over 2,000 members includes about 25% of the dairy farmers in Ontario. Because I remember driving in the truck with my Dad to pick up milk in those distant days when milk was transported in 8 gallon cans, this painting is very close to my heart. I made the truck and its operator along with the farm kids the focus of this piece.
I was commissioned by Toyota to produce a picture to celebrate their plant addition. Since many people from around the world were coming to Cambridge for the opening, it was necessary to compose a piece that had a sense of place or location. Now, years later, much of the country has been converted to industrial lots.