This painting is my contribution to the 25th Anniversary of the Centre in the Square. I composed this piece over eleven months using press photos and images from the Internet of individuals who have performed at this Centre during the past twenty-five years.
I was commissioned to paint a landscape of the Crataceous period that featured the dinosaur, Parasaurolophus. Unusual to say the least, this portrayal of North America shows a time 76 – 55 million years ago. Including troodons and pterodactyls, I composed an animated scene that portrays not only the creatures but also their interaction. Painted over the space of seven weeks, this canvas now occupies a place at the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo.
In the early 90’s we rented a cottage in England near the village of Bidford-on-Avon so we could explore that section of the Cotswolds. I photographed images that appealed to me. One was the prop-supported old tree on the riverbank.
As I always do, I took many photographs of the houses, the landscape and the flowers. These photographs were the basis for four murals that I created for Janet Lynn’s Bistro in Waterloo. Each of these pieces is 4 feet by 10 feet and forms a background for intimate dining. Funnily enough I had composed several of these pieces that I intended to do just as large easel paintings. I had no thought at that point that they would ever be the basis for such large murals.
Inspired by Bidford-on-Avon, Image #1295