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 historic piece was painted as a commission and shows teams of horses powering the thrashing machine near London, Ontario. The man in the centre of the sweep was responsible to keep the horses moving in a steady, deliberate way. The small boy with the white shirt had a very sharp knife to cut the string from each bundle or sheaf. His job was boring but he would not space out as it was very dangerous for the man holding the sheaf if the boy were to slip.
This rural property was totally refurbished by the couple shown in the driveway. Their labour of love took many years and this painting marked the finished project. Only two years later they sold the property but took the painting with them as a portable piece of their farm.