This old tractor belongs to a friend of mine. For many years it has rested in a fence corner on his farm, just begging to be restored. It is actually quite small, with a Ford Model "T" engine, a wooden seat and steel wheels. I was amazed to discover that it was a 1928 model Toro, according to a small brass plate on the dash board. It originally belonged to the University of Guelph where it was used in the lawn maintenance department. The bird perched on the steering wheel is a Meadow Lark. These birds are a common and welcome site on many farms in North America. They are well loved for their beautiful, melodic song.
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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