This client’s father was a milkman for Maple Lane Dairy in the 50’s. There were old photos of his horse and wagon and of him in uniform. From talking to the client I found out that he delivered to his own house on Buck’s Hill in Waterloo (only locals of my age would remember where that is). So I found out where he lived and painted the street scene viewed from his house. When I placed the horse and wagon in the picture I remembered to lean the horse forward to take up the drag of the wagon since it was on a steep hill. Many of these commissions require a bit of detective work to make them more personal to the client. This painting was done in 1991.
This painting in 2005 was a commission by the Graham family of their family cottage. Mrs. Graham’s father had recently passed away. So on a whim,…. if you look to the right in the water, I added an image of her father doing what he loved…fishing.
I was prepared to eliminate the father if it didn’t go over well, but fortunately it brought happy tears to the family. Now their father is forever at the cottage with them.