The commissioner of this market scene was a vendor who wanted a remembrance of this place where he had spent many enjoyable hours. It was important that I include certain other vendors as well as a strong Mennonite theme.
The focus of this painting, circa 1920, is the familys dairy wagon. The site was the homestead on the present Ottawa Street, Kitchener. A big-box centre now replaces this farmyard. It was also important to the family that I include their 1917 Auburn near the house. This painting was made very special for me when the wife of the man who received the painting told me this, I have been married to this man for well over 60 years and this is only the second time that I have seen him cry. Clearly this painting brought back many more memories than I could have imagined. I was happy that my piece was so well received as these people have been collectors of my work for over 30 years.
The title, The Golden Staircase, springs from the price tag of the actual stonework which was extensive and expensive. This beautiful home is on the Lake of Bays in the Muskoka area of Ontario. As a surprise, I included the owner of the property sitting on the deck looking out over the lake. It is fun for me to include some unexpected item in a painting. If these people had any objection to my bolt out of the blue, I could have easily painted him out.