These are two separate portraits -- Bruce Northcote, and Judge Ann Northcote, his wife.
The paintings are acrylic on canvas,
24 x 36 inches each, and
are by me -- Barbara Muir © 2011
I enjoyed painting them and was sad
when the paintings were finished.
To read more click here.These days I am mostly painting landscapes -- usually with
high clouds, and a background of oceans or lakes. But I've
spent a lot of my career as an artist painting people, which
lead to portrait commissions like the ones I want to honour
I was commissioned to paint Judge Ann Northcote, a citizenship
judge and her husband Bruce ten and a half years ago. Ann
was a lovely person, passionate about Canada, proud of her
job and her Order of Canada pin. And Bruce, her husband,
was a retired accountant, passionate gardener and traveller.
One of the most touching things about the couple was how much
they clearly loved one another. I think that comes out in the paintings.
Ann died in 2011, and Bruce died this month. I was commissioned
to do the portraits by one of their sons, a friend of ours. When you
have subjects coming to pose for you, you are very much in the
present moment -- wanting to capture their expressions and personalities.
You don't think that one day these images will speak to coming generations
about who they are. I hope I've done them proud.
Bruce had a quiet sense of humour, and he was observant. He
showed up in my studio smartly dressed with the smart red tie in
the painting. And he quickly noticed that I complimented him a lot
on the tie, and so he added the pocket handkerchief.
I had so much fun getting to know this couple, and I am so
sorry for the family's loss in Bruce's death. Rest in Peace
Bruce Northcote, may you be with Ann again.