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.
Set in the Needles area of North Dakota, the throb of the motorcycles echoes against the stone pillars. The exhilaration felt by these vacationers is evident as they experience the freedom felt by many Harley riders.
I am not a snob when it comes to subjects for paintings. I am interested in the human experience. An English art dealer said that my work is contemporary genre. I was intrigued when I was approached to do this six-person portrait, and perhaps I should say three-motorcycle portrait, of a trip these people took on their Harleys. I thought it a challenging subject and one that is very interesting given my experiences in Sturgis in 2002. I hope I conveyed the fun and excitement of the riders as well as my own.