The view across the vineyards overlooking Beamsville and out to Lake Ontario was a challenge both because of complexity and also because of size. I used the light effects to bring some drama to the piece without having it being about the illumination. The painting approximates the view from the living room of the house.
Personal commissions include images that are special to the commissioner.
This piece shows her favourite spots in Victoria and is not intended to showcase the places that would normally appear in a more general view of this pretty city. Another montage of views of Victoria for someone else would quite probably include different aspects.
This painting shows my grandfathers old Ford. The hill that was at the front has been flattened and covered with houses, but Im pleased to say the old farmhouse with its bell tower still stands near the intersection of University Avenue and Fischer-Hallman Road.
The Snake River is a major tributary of the Columbia River in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Using the commissioners excellent photographs from her journey on this river, I composed this combined view. When I work from somebody elses photographs, I really feel happiest when I have a selection from which to choose. Just as when I do a painting for myself, I find the best results come from selecting pieces of information from various photographs.