Last Gates


Okay, time to catch up on projects I started prior to leaving for England. This linocut print was derived from a photograph I took while on assignment for The Upper Canadian, an antiques trade mag I used to edit. It was an estate auction for the late John DeWitt, formerly the proprietor of Long John Antiques. Tim Potter was doing the selling, and it was a brilliant but cool autumn day in a bucolic rural setting in central Ontario. Many heavier items had been moved outside, and the auctioneer moved through them and the crowd followed along. After they sold (for quite a good sum, if I recall correctly), I took the shot of the gates leaning again the cedar rail fence, with the fields rolling out behind into the tree-line. It was a kind of ‘into the west’ moment that seemed to suit the day. In the block, I dipped into fantasy and put crystal lakes and mountains in the distance.

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