With this painting I wanted to capture the mood of a typical peaceful early summer morning on Windy Lake, which is just outside of Sudbury Ontario. My vantage point for this scene was looking across Tower Bay towards the fire watch tower in the distance. Cascaden Tower is one of many Ontario fire lookout towers still standing today.
Jack Nyler manned this tower until he was 75 years old. Traveling by boat he would access a small rustic shoreside cabin at the base of the hill where he would spend the week. Not only did he have to scale the ladder up the side of the tower, he first had to begin each day with the long steep climb up a crude trail to get to the base of the structure. When Jack retired in the late 1960?s, younger blood took over a few years, then the tower closed in 1972. Fire watchmen like Mr. Nyler played an important role in helping to protect and preserve our precious Ontario forests.
I am donating this painting to Burlington Firefighters for a fundraising auction. If you look closely at the background you can see the fire watch tower in the distance.
Here is the finished illustration. I had fun with this one. I spent quite a bit of time on the suit and shirt. The logo on the t-shirt was a little challenging with the drop out type. The size of the illustration is 20″x15″
This is a oil portrait I finished in August. I couldn’t post it as it was a surprise for Paula after she had her baby boy. Proud dad Carlos commissioned me for this one.
Here’s the caricature I illustrated of Saxon Chan. Saxon retired from CBS Outdoor Canada earlier this summer.
I had fun doing this one and I’m glad he appreciated all the little details.