This painting recalls a customers family history in a Victorian era re-creation. One grandfather had been a greengrocer, while the other had owned a bake shop. My task was to cobble together bits and pieces of Victoriana from family photos and archival material to compose a believable image.
This restored farmhouse near Sunfish Lake west of Waterloo has been featured in a magazine layout. In this view I avoided the new addition and showed the stone building with the pond and the owners dog.
The house is a hidden gem sitting quietly on the small hobby farm with trees obscuring the view from the road. The owner has done a great deal of work to make this house both attractive and practical. It takes a special kind of person to administer the love and attention that a property like this needs. But the rewards are great! I am always happy when I receive a call to paint just such a property. I know that such a person has a well-developed aesthetic sense.
See also Image #2862 Autumn Day at the Farm.
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.