The view across the vineyards overlooking Beamsville and out to Lake Ontario was a challenge both because of complexity and also because of size. I used the light effects to bring some drama to the piece without having it being about the illumination. The painting approximates the view from the living room of the house.
Personal commissions include images that are special to the commissioner.
This piece shows her favourite spots in Victoria and is not intended to showcase the places that would normally appear in a more general view of this pretty city. Another montage of views of Victoria for someone else would quite probably include different aspects.
This painting was commissioned for a man who flew night missions in W.W. II. His heart is still clearly in Scotland, even though he has lived here all his life. It is not unusual for a person to commission me to paint a personal spot, a dream perhaps. I feel flattered that someone would take me into their confidence.