This painting was constructed to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of Shur Gain Ltd. Because we did not want to favour one location or division over another, I described a fictional mill that included various elements from across the country. The stream and the ducks in the foreground add a decorative element.
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.
What a chance to present the lovely rolling land of Alberta and the quiet footprint of industry. In the many industrial commissions that I have painted, I am challenged by the need to create an artistic piece out of an industrial setting.
Murphy Oil Canada commissioned 5 paintings from me for their Annual report. Used both on the cover and as headers for sections within the report, these pieces took away from the dry feeling, common in annual reports. I was fortunate to have them fly me all over Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan, to see their various enterprises. The tough part was that their CEO wanted to see sketches the following day of the possibilities that I thought would make a good painting. A very enjoyable project!
The original of this was painted for Gainers, Inc., a meat processing company from Edmonton, AB. They wanted something for their Christmas card that dealt specifically with Christmas in the mountains. The research material came from the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.
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.
For 100 years St. Lawrence Starch prospered in Port Credit. I was commissioned by this firm to create a piece that would celebrate its connection to that town. Using archival material, I was able to create a scene during World War II when the company built and maintained a skating rink for the town.
Subscribed Reproduction 12″ x 16″