The subject of this painting came from the Waterloo Library archives in 1984. I painted a number of historical period pieces back then. I love the architecture, clothes and automobiles of the 1900’s.
Whitemud Falls, Alta is about 100 km northeast of Fort McMurray,Alta. just 14 km from the Saskatchewan border. This is the falls we flew to and canoed out in 1983 and 84.
This painting was fairly large and was purchased by the Sudbury Hospital. These falls are on the Clearwater River which runs into the Athabasca River and then on to the Fraser River to the coast.
This was a popular route for fur traders and this river and falls were mentioned in Simon Frasers’ journals. Image !!…I stood where Simon Fraser stood!!! Wow!!
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.