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.
In the early part of the Twentieth Century, my grandfather was a well-known breeder of Shorthorn cattle, a dual purpose milk and beef breed imported from Scotland. I show his farm on Fischer-Hallman Road in Waterloo with these prize cattle. Although the farmhouse still exists, the farm is no longer there, and the breed of cattle has all but disappeared. I painted this family history piece for use on my autobiography, “Picture Maker”.
This most personal commission combines several of the commissioners passions into one piecethe antique car, an English canal boat, their dog, and his home village. Each aspect of this piece demanded special attention and presented a very real challenge to weld into a unit.