I was commissioned by Toyota to produce a picture to celebrate their plant addition. Since many people from around the world were coming to Cambridge for the opening, it was necessary to compose a piece that had a sense of place or location. Now, years later, much of the country has been converted to industrial lots.
Pioneers face challenges and reap rewards as they deal with new situations. In this painting I show the entire family on a warm autumn day. The stump fence in the foreground represents the work already accomplished while the ploughing and the gardening speak not only of a passing season but also look forward to a new crop, a new year. I have endeavoured to create a balance of man with his small piece of the world.
I was commissioned by the North Waterloo Farmers Insurance Company to develop a painting for their 125th Anniversary. Part of this piece was painted at the companys booth at the Royal Winter Fair.
This commissioned work was developed to describe the early days of a family-owned trucking company. I was touched that the name that the wife of the founder selected to use contains such a nostalgic note. The dog, the car, the truck, the playing children and the rail-side location all carry significance to the founder.
Aiming for the Future
This 1930’s scene was painted of the third hole of the Westmount Golf Club course in Kitchener. The land just beyond this club used to be part of my grandfather’s bush. It is amazing to me that over the years the familiar is transformed and becomes new again. How quickly we forget. At least the golf course has remained constant. Commissioned by the Ross Dixon Organization, this image talks about the need to prepare for the future while enjoying today.
I was approached by the founder of this high speed imaging company to paint something that would encapsulate the many areas of his company. This multi-image piece shows not only the products, the process, the people, but also the founder. For other multiple image pieces, see Spirits of Canada, Image #1106, also A Partnership (R.C.M.P.), Image #1462.
Made to Measure
This painting was partially created in a meeting for a financial management company to demonstrate the idea of the custom approach of their business.
The theme, community service, is found at least four times in this parade theme. Motorcycle police with want-to-be police, seniors lending their interest to policing and to youth, fire fighters serving the community and supporting Muscular Dystrophy, and friendly clowns, all add up to a beautiful parade.
Phillip Court Commission
This portrait of an industrialist shows him in one of his factories. His wife insisted that because his management style was hands-on, this in the shop approach was more appropriate than an office portrait.
It was also a requirement that I include the parts shown on the display board at the left along with a special style of yellow storage boxes.
Keeping in Touch
This autumnal view of a corporate picnic displays the sense of family that is felt by employees of the company. Developed for the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the ecological engineering corporation, this piece celebrates the success of their business. This is the most complex painting that I have ever done on commission.
Sentry Select Capital Corp.
Marking the initial public offering of stock by Sentry Select Capital Corp., this painting was commissioned by the underwriters. The setting is the electronic trading floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange.