Chapel Point


This is a painting commissioned by a Christian summer camp organization near Huntsville, Ontario . They initially wanted to auction the original and for me to produce 250 limited edition prints to help raise funds at their 75th anniversary celebration. When I heard they had been at this for such a long time I suggested that they increase the edition to 1000. They were worried that they wouldn’t be able to sell so many at the event, but I assured them that they could still offer them after the event and to new families over the years. As it turned out they sold all of them at the event.
I made a number of trips to the camp and wandered around taking photos and making sketches. I chose this view from the girls camp looking towards the boys camp. If you look through the trees just to the right of center, I used artistic license to indicate their open air chapel.






Maple Lane Dairy Commission


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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.



Child’s commission

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An elderly client commissioned me to paint the family farm. The farm didn’t look like this anymore ,but he gave me a number of old photos to work from. I pieced together the images that were taken from different angles through the years past. I came across this family in the background of one of the images and took a chance and added them to the painting. The painting was a success and just what he remembered and more than they expected because the baby turned out to be the gentleman who commissioned the painting. I really love the challenge to evoke memories and emotions that resonate with the client like this.



Graham commission

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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.

B.C.Dome, False Creek, B.C.

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B.C. Dome, False Creek, B.C.
I came across this image in my archive file recently.I was commissioned to do a painting of the then, new B. C. Dome in the early 1980’s to be reproduced as limited edition collector plates. I believe they produced 2000 editions. I was informed at that time that it was the first collectible produced of the new Dome.