Women of Toronto - China Lady - Parkette
Acrylic on stretched canvas - 24" x 30" - unframed with finished edges ready to hang - 2016
Artist's Notes: This canvas was set in a small parkette in downtown Toronto. I came across this lovely lady sitting on a step, under shade trees along a brick wall, midday during her work week and taking a break. The light was captivating and so this painting was the result. Toronto is home to a large Asian community whose ladies are almost always very well dressed and highly feminine.
Women of Toronto - Curves - City Hall
Acrylic on stretched canvas - 30" x 40" - unframed with finished edges ready to hang - 2016
Artist's Notes: This scene is a very well-known one in Toronto, set "by the Henry Moore" sculpture. The one seen here is but one of many in the city. I found it's curves compelling when set against the strikingly modern "new" city hall's own curves. Finally, a lady in the foreground admiring the curves has her own curves for us to admire.
Women of Toronto - Wanderlust
- St. Lawrence Market
Acrylic on stretched canvas - 24" x 30" - unframed with finished edges ready to hang - 2015
Artist's Notes: This lady was a joy to work with and was very agreeable to posing for me. Her red hair and fair complexion suggest her British roots, which were Toronto's early roots, too. Then people from all over the globe began to come here and make the city the most cosmopolitan major city in the world. This lady, staring across at a reflection in a window, is standing atop the famous St. Lawrence Market. Finally, her tattoo was what caught my eye the most. It underlines the very commonplace travel bug harboured by many younger women in Toronto, a kind of reverse move compared to the steady large influx of foreigners to the city.
Women of Toronto - Tembo
- Commerce Court
Acrylic on stretched canvas - 30" x 40" - unframed with finished edges ready to hang - 2017
Artist's Notes: This is one of the more interesting small public squares in Toronto, called Commerce Court. A more recent addition was this sculpture of Tembo (Swahili for Elephant) and her two young charges.
This lovely lady of African heritage was a professional accountant working in the accounting offices on the second floor of the building behind her.
This photo was taken on a brilliant late spring afternoon.
Women of Toronto - Arches
- Stepping Into The Light - U of T
Acrylic on stretched canvas - 40" x 30" - unframed with finished edges ready to hang - 2017
Artist's Notes: I found this compelling scene at one end of The Cloisters on the main University of Toronto campus. The sunlight was streaming in through the arched slit window at one end and illuminating the entryway, along with the series of ancient yellow and aged brick arches inside. This fine woman - a modern Muslim - was dressed in contemporary attire with a nod to her religion. She was entering the adjoining building as I took this shot, a student earning her degree in philosophy.
Women of Toronto - Four Native Drummers - University of Toronto
Acrylic on stretched canvas - 30" x 30" - unframed with finished edges ready to hang - 2018
Artist's Notes: I found this compelling scene at the University of Toronto campus. The sun illuminated the round heritage building just so, and lent an air of eternity to the scene. And yet the building and the university - the city in fact - have only been here for less than 200 years. The four ladies drumming were part of a larger demonstration drum circle. I had not until then painted any Aboriginal women as a part of this ongoing series, so with family connections to Canada's First Nations, I felt this is a part of Toronto that needs to have the light shone upon it.