In the early part of the twentieth century, most people still travelled by horse and sleigh during the winter, in the country. The roads were often not maintained well enough to allow for the use of the few automobiles that were in existence at that time, and everyone owned a horse and sleigh.
What could be nicer than the jingle of sleigh bells on the harness of the horses as they trotted briskly over the snow covered roadway? No distraction of radios, ringing cell phones or blaring CD players in those days!
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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