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Growing up in small town Niagara, my pals and I explored the many farm fields, wooded ravines and broken down shacks in my neighbourhood. Nowadays we would never dream of trespassing onto someone's property or allowing our children to wander around dangerous falling down buildings. The inspiration for this series comes from my love of Niagara. Please check back to view future additions.

To obtain a larger view of each piece, please click on the mag 100magnifying glass in the bottom right corner of each thumbnail and a larger image will pop up. Any works of art that are for sale will have a price shown. If you are interested in purchasing anything in the gallery, please give me a call directly at 905-576-2283.

Kew HouseTitle: Kew House

24 X 30, Framed

Medium: Coloured Pencil and Pastel

Price: $375

Notes: It sits proudly on top of the Beamsville bench peaking over Hwy. 8. As a child I viewed this house into the distance from my bedroom window and imagined all sorts of haunted house stories. I had been reading Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew mysteries at the time. As far as I know it was built by the Kew family.

Kew Stone GateTitle: Kew Stone Gate

12 X 16, Framed

Medium: Coloured Pencil and Pastel

Price: $250

Notes: I don't think I will ever get over the fascination of the front of the Kew house. The stone gate was not even visible for many decades due to overgrowth and neglect. Over the last couple of years, the front lawn has been landscaped to reveal the massive stone wall and gateway.

Kew Iron GateTitle: Kew Iron Gate

12 X 16, Framed

Medium: Coloured Pencil and Pastel

Price: $250

Notes: Buried for years under overgrowth, the gate has survived time. I heard a story once that old Mrs. Kew would come out of the gate with her horse and buggy for an excursion to town. My imagination tells me that horse and rider were both in shades of black.

 

Up Queen StreetTitle: Up Queen Street

22 X 29, Framed

Medium: Coloured Pencil and Pastel

Price: $375

Notes: The back streets of my hometown of Beamsville have character. Beautiful churches, homes and lovely trees decorate the gentle climb up Queen Street, especially in winter.

Long Gone Hixon HouseTitle: Long Gone Hixon House

18 X 24 on Canvas

Medium: Water Mixable Oil

Price: $350

Notes: Years ago I overhead someone telling me that the old Hixon House on Hixon Street in Beamsville was being torn down. I rode my bike over to locate the house and took a few pictures. I'm not sure it even was the Hixon House but it was a beauty; broken window panes and all.

Towards HixonTitle: Towards Hixon

22 X 29, Framed

Medium: Coloured Pencil and Pastel

Price: $375

Notes: What person with a bicycle in Beamsville did not enjoy zipping up and down the hilly backstreets, then breezing down to the main street. This is very close to the Beamsville Medical Centre. It is one of my personal favourites.

Wild FarmTitle: Wild Farm

22 X 29, Framed

Medium: Coloured Pencil and Pastel

Price: $375

Notes: I'm quite sure that this was on the former Russ Farm property. I trespassed onto the property a few times and took many pictures of the house, barn and pond which are now a subdivision. I wrote a story about this place and hope to put it to my illustrations.

Little House in LaneTitle: Little House in Lane

9 X 12 Unframed

Medium: Pencil

Price: $150

Notes: This is one of a series I began to do of small houses. Many of these little houses are habited by seasonal migrant workers on the fruit farms in Niagara or lived in by family members or renters.

 

Two Barns 2Title: Two Barns

14 X 18 Framed

Medium: Acrylic

Price: Not for sale

Notes: I came across this scene in Jordan Station years ago during a short stint as a meter reader. Something about the buildings held a nagging appeal, so I returned later with my camera. Only one of the barns remains standing today. This is a part of my private collection, but I would gladly talk to the property owners.

Two BarnsTitle: Two Barns

9 X 12 Unframed

Medium: Pencil

Price: $150

Notes: This is one of my pencil studies of small buildings. The little house sitting back between the two barns remains one of my favorite subjects to draw or paint.

 

Beach HouseTitle: Beach House

16 X 18 Framed

Medium: Acrylic

Price: Negotiable

Notes: After I had painted this cottage from Grimsby Beach, the owner was interested and was going to find me at the Grimsby Festival of Art. That day was the funeral of Diana, Princes of Wales, and everyone was very sad. As the owner did not locate me, the painting has become a fixture in my own home.

 

By Lakeshore RoadTitle: By Lakeshore Road

18 X 24 on Canvas

Medium: Water Mixable Oils 

Price: SOLD

Notes: This old building with the fabulous porches stood very close to the water's edge on Lakeshore Road between Beamsville and Vineland.

Man on CurbTitle: Man on Curb

11 X 16, Framed

Medium: Watercolour

Price: SOLD

Notes: While wandering around the beautiful streets of Grimsby many years ago, I was given permission to photograph this young student doing homework. I have never shown this piece before, but if anyone recognizes him I would love to show him the picture.

The Crosby PlaceTitle: The Crosby Place

22 X 29, Framed

Medium: Coloured Pencil and Pastel

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Notes: The Crosby Place was torn down a few years ago, but for many years it was used as a storage facility for a business in Vineland. Most dwellers, including my grandparents, referred to it as The Crosby Place. One of the trees remains today; the only remaining mark of a historical Indian trail on which the house was built.

On Top Of The RidgeTitle: On Top Of The Ridge

24 X 30

Medium: Water Mixable Oils

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Notes: While driving around the small roads off of Mountainview Road in Beamsville, I pulled over to enjoy the view and crisp October day. On a clear day, the colour of distant Lake Ontario is the bluest of blues.

Up Mountain StreetTitle: Up Mountain Street

22 X 29, Framed

Medium: Coloured Pencil and Watercolour

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Notes: Most people in town will recognize the house with the tired porch and most likely knew the resident. The graveyard in front of the Baptist Church in Beamsville has the remains of important pioneers.

Country RoadTitle: Country Road

11 X 16, Framed

Medium: Watercolour

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Notes: The scenic roads in the country are pretty at all times. This one is somewhere above the escarpment around Ridge Road.

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