The people who commissioned this painting bought the right to have me paint a subject of their choice, sight unseen at a charity auction for KidsAbility, one of my favourite causes. They decided on a piece that showed their property that included their dog, Wellington, who, during the painting, went to doggie heaven.
For many years I have been a fan of monuments. Although this art has recently turned from representational sculpture to a more modern mode which I find much less appealing, how fortunate for me that St. Jeromes has for many years stood as a background behind a superb sculpture of Father Funcken, its founder. This old fashioned rendition captures both the ideals of the school and the history.
After 125 years Kitcheners St. Jeromes High School closed. They commissioned a painting to pay tribute and raise funds by selling limited edition reproductions.
This historic recreation from 1900 shows a scene near the original K-W Hospital. A horse-drawn streetcar ran between Kitchener and Waterloo. My models in this painting were the winners in a draw that was held as a fundraiser for the renovations of the emergency room at the hospital.
Family Day, a re-creation from the 1930s, features lawn bowling. I wished to capture the socializing that accompanies the actual game. I felt that it was important to include cars of the era as well. This image springs from my childhood memories of the lawn bowling club on Erb Street East, not far from my gallery. The backdrop of this piece is a Guelph area Sanitarium.
When the Shand Dam was completed on the Grand River upstream from Fergus in 1942, the resulting Lake Belwood flooded the Canadian Pacific branch line running between Elora, Fergus, and Cataract. Consequently, the tracks near the hamlet of Belwood were diverted around the lake, and crossed the river on the deck of the Shand dam itself. Cataract rail corridor is a cooperative project of the Credit River and Grand Valley Conservation Foundations. With the rails now removed, this portion of the old rail corridor can provide an important connecting link between the existing Grand Valley Trail and Bruce Trail. Steam railway enthusiasts will be pleased to know that CPR steam engine #1057 has been preserved for future operation at the South Simcoe historical railway in Tottenham.
This painting of the historic Joseph Schneider House on Queen Street in Kitchener is a re-creation of those pioneer times when this area was just getting established. My great-great-great grandfather was a brother of Josephs.
Subscribed Reproduction 7″ x 9″
This painting was commissioned for the Plowing Match in Ayr in 1995. The painting, now owned by the Township of North Dumfries, was loaded with details of local history such as the bells on the horses that pull the covered wagons. A portion of this painting also became a popular poster.
The work ethic was ingrained years ago into even the youngest of children. The duty of work was presented as a privilege to young children carrying refreshment to the threshers.
These men are threshing with steam power right in the field rather than processing the crop in the barn. In my thirty-five years of closely observing the traditional Mennonites, I have only once seen this sight. Now even with the most orthodox of Mennonite or Amish groups, the barn is the location for the threshing machine.
Several years ago I painted a still earlier approach to threshing where horses on a windlass provided power for the separating of wheat and chaff, Horse Sweep Image #1107, so Harvest Heritage, which was partially painted in public at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in 1995, provides a somewhat more modern approach to threshing.
A local company, The Waterloo Manufacturing Company, produced a steam tractor, like this, one hundred years ago. It seemed a natural to use it in a painting, part of which would be used for a poster. The poster publicized an event at the Ontario Agricultural Museum in Milton. I was the artist-in-residence at this country-life museum. The painting was then purchased by a local Waterloo insurance company. They have since commissioned another large painting that I painted in public at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto November 2 – 16, 1996. See New Beginning Image #1971.