This painting is my contribution to the 25th Anniversary of the Centre in the Square. I composed this piece over eleven months using press photos and images from the Internet of individuals who have performed at this Centre during the past twenty-five years.
I was commissioned to paint a landscape of the Crataceous period that featured the dinosaur, Parasaurolophus. Unusual to say the least, this portrayal of North America shows a time 76 – 55 million years ago. Including troodons and pterodactyls, I composed an animated scene that portrays not only the creatures but also their interaction. Painted over the space of seven weeks, this canvas now occupies a place at the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo.
In the early 90’s we rented a cottage in England near the village of Bidford-on-Avon so we could explore that section of the Cotswolds. I photographed images that appealed to me. One was the prop-supported old tree on the riverbank.
As I always do, I took many photographs of the houses, the landscape and the flowers. These photographs were the basis for four murals that I created for Janet Lynn’s Bistro in Waterloo. Each of these pieces is 4 feet by 10 feet and forms a background for intimate dining. Funnily enough I had composed several of these pieces that I intended to do just as large easel paintings. I had no thought at that point that they would ever be the basis for such large murals. When Janet Lynn’s Bistro closed the murals were removed. They are now owned by my niece Cynthia.
Inspired by Bidford-on-Avon, Image #1295