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.
A woman brought me some photos of a village someplace in Northern England. Having just returned from a vacation there, she wanted something that would capture the romance of this riverside dwelling. I seldom have painted from another persons photos, preferring instead to decide the angles and viewpoint myself on the spot.
I was commissioned by a young woman to create this view of the Harmony Lunch, a local Waterloo landmark. Her grandparents had frequented this restaurant as a young couple and have continued to do so with their grandchildren. The family has generations of fond memories at the Harmony Lunch.
This painting was commissioned for a man who flew night missions in W.W. II. His heart is still clearly in Scotland, even though he has lived here all his life. It is not unusual for a person to commission me to paint a personal spot, a dream perhaps. I feel flattered that someone would take me into their confidence.
This painting sprang from a commission that I did in St. George, Ontario. I was thrilled to see on just one farm, eighty acres of orchard. This farmer has a complicated system of bird boxes that aids in the control of pests. This is certainly better than using a lot of pesticides.
The suite of 11 paintings:
Acres of Orchard (Image #0699)