Commissioned by a company for their founder, this piece shows his cottage retreat in Muskoka. I included the man himself, Wes Graham, as well as his grandchildren playing in the water.
This montage was created to celebrate teachers, both past and present. The commissioner is an organization dealing specifically with teachers.
I designed this painting to show various aspects of teaching in Ontario, both in the Public sector and the Catholic system, from the past into the future. Archival photos along with present-day material were combined to create an image that culminates in the graduation of a student. Much attention was given to the multicultural aspect of education today and to the many areas of pedagogy, so as to fairly represent and acknowledge the changing role of teachers.
The boys in the foreground watching the traditional harvesting scene represent the contemporary looking at the past. This painting was commissioned by Lutherwood and shows a location directly across Benjamin Road from their facility. This farm owned by George Martin is a picture-book Mennonite farmstead near the St. Jacobs Farmers Market.
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.