My wife and I used to own a farm on Lake Simcoe, in Ontario, Canada. For many years, this was the view from my art studio. The north window faced this barn wall and pasture, where I planted holly hocks, which we enjoyed every summer.
I enjoy looking at paintings that I have done in the past, that show places and things that may no longer exist as they once were. It brings back fond memories in a way that only a painting can. Not only does it record the way it looked, but also the way it made me feel.
The Thousand Islands region of Ontario, Canada, was the perfect backdrop for a childhood filled with adventure for Richard De Wolfe, an artist who still identifies strongly with rural life. The forests, fields, and of course the mighty St. Lawrence River, made the wonders of nature come alive for him.
The art of Richard De Wolfe has been very popular ever since his first one-man show at the age of eighteen. That show was a sell out, supplying him with commissions for many months after. He went on to spend twenty-five years as an illustrator, producing paintings for national and international corporations such as General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, and Sony.
“I believe that working as an illustrator was the best training I could possibly...
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