Folk Art

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Antique Weather Vanes

Inspired by the collection of antique weather vanes at the Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. On many of the old farms the weathervane was an indication of the type of farming which took place there.

Barnyard Boss

My grandchildren spend a lot of time at Riveridge Farm in Caledon. I’m always amazed to see them push their way between the huge cows to feed them apples and carrots. The roosters however command their ultimate respect and a wide berth.

Feast of Fields

A wonderful outdoor, organic, culinary festival which was held locally for years. Painted as a fund raiser for The Children’s Organic Garden at Cold Creek Conservation, the Folk Art Pyramid is shown surrounded by local produce.

Folk Art Pyramid

This lovely arrangement of animals has been around for several hundred years in many forms.  I have painted it myself numerous times. To me this represents a true example of American Folk Art.

Folk Art River Scene

I am a huge fan of the work of 18th century artist Rufus Porter and have created many paintings in this style after a wonderful boat trip down the St. Lawrence River one summer.

Folk Art Sheep

I have always had a fondness for sheep since my weaving days. They kindly provide comfort and warmth.  This sheep is ready to meet the shears.

Hen and Rooster

The farm is my favourite theme and what farm is complete without a hen house. I love this pair. They seem to be courting.

Little Red Schoolhouse

When our children were young they loved to go to the outdoor centre just up our sideroad. The building was the local one room school house and I couldn’t help imagining it in a bye-gone era. I put this little schoolhouse in my Memory paintings whenever I can. I think I would have enjoyed attending a one room schoolhouse and I thought that lovely old icon deserved its own presence.

Mute Swans in Winter

As a small child I had a close encounter with the swans of Wells Cathedral in England. Because of that experience I have always had a fascination and a healthy respect for these beautiful creatures.

Our House

This lovely house in Kleinburg was our home for 17 years.  We grew together as a family, added a son in law and three beautiful grandchildren, and shared its welcoming grace with many friends and family.

Partridge in a Pear Tree

This is a traditional early American style often found in mourning pictures and young girls’ needlework for the 1700s and 1800s.  I like to think of it as the tree of life.  I often use it for baby gifts but the partridge and pears make it perfect for the season.

Prize Holsteins

When itinerant artists of the 18th century painted prize winning livestock, they portrayed them larger than life to fan the farmer’s ego and ensure the sale of the painting.

Puck’s Pig

Painted for my grandson, Duncan, after a visit to Puck’s Farm in King Township.  Neither of us could believe the size of that pig and we went back several times to visit her.

Rufus Porter

A most amazing man. He lived from 1792 until 1884 in New England. He was an inventor, artist, author and the founder of the magazine Scientific American, which is still published today.  I discovered one of his murals in New Hampshire many years ago and I have been fascinated by him ever since.  I took a wall mural class at the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton, Maine and this painting is a result of that class. His simple style definitely influences my work.

Winter Farm

A few years ago I painted a series of farms in winter. One of the things I love about them is their tranquility.  The great stretches of snow covered fields and the quiet barns and houses make me think of hibernation.  Farms seem to sleep in winter. Dairy farmers would not agree.

Winter Farm at Night

Nothing creates a sense of peace and joy like a quiet, starlit December night in rural Ontario.

Woodland Santa

This little folk art Santa is my favourite.  He is from a time before the frills of the Dickens’ Victorian Christmas and I love the simplicity. I painted the landscape with simple folk art icons such as the leaping stag and the little church to complement his style.