Lynda Cunningham was born in Scarborough, Ontario where her affinity for animals and art quickly became apparent. A move in her early teens to the countryside north of Toronto nurtured her love for rural living. Lynda’s artwork and love of rural living are easily combined with raising her family on her farm near Sunderland, Ontario. With no formal art training, her menagerie of animals is a constant theme in her work.
Lynda shows regularly in southern Ontario, including the Buckhorn Art Festival, Uxbridge Studio Tour and the Fall Art Sale at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario. Lynda is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists
David Greaves was born in Yorkshire, England. He attended Art School where he graduated in graphic design. After arriving in Canada, David worked in several commercial art studios before opening his own design firm.
Although basically a self-taught watercolourist, David’s work was influenced by England’s, John Yardley and the late John Blockley. David has had several group and one man shows in Scarborough, Markham, Millbrook, Mississauga, Kleinburg and Wellington, Ontario. His paintings hang in many private and corporate collections, including the DuPont Foundation. Despite a reverence for old rural buildings, David’s paintings also reflect landscapes, seascapes and florals. A subtle use of palette and light infuses David’s work with a serene and inviting ambience.
David works out of his studio home near Cannington, Ontario.
Natural settings inspire my paintings, the timbers and fieldstone of a barn, horses in harness and sheep in the winter looking for some extra warmth.
I am fascinated with the contrast of light and dark, how the late winter sun streaming in an open barn door illuminates steam that is rising from an ewes back and the shadows from a harness dance across a horse’s gleaming coat.
The main focus of my art is horses. The first time I saw horses plowing, I felt like I had come home. I realized that I was witnessing a partnership that went back centuries. I admire the amount of skill and patience needed by both the teamsters and their teams. I truly believe working the land with horses is an art and the admiration that I have for those who choose to follow this way of life is reflected in my paintings.
My barn is my muse. For over a century it has withstood wind and rain, sheltered animals and the hay to feed them. When I enter, the sheep call out and the horses wait for their grain and I am content with the knowledge that something of our rural past is still valued on my farm.
“Like many artists I labored to find my own style. Eventually my style found me but even now I am constantly experimenting with new colours and techniques. Some of these processes are intriguingly unpredictable with results that range from surprising to unsatisfying to exhilarating. I would rather take a gamble and accept the consequences than be timid and compromise a painting. I relish the spontaneity of watercolours as a medium. When I come across a scene that speaks to me, I tend to rough out a quick sketch on the spot and then take it home to refine and develop it into a painting back in my studio.”