Planting a Harvest”
Acrylic on canvas
Image size 36 x 60”
Planting a Harvest depicts a farmer planting his first seed, the seed of faith. Before the natural seed is placed into the ground, he stands upon his land and asks God to grant him strength to sow and reap a bountiful harvest. I first created this image in 1993 as a linocut and upon completion that I knew I had to further develop this image into a painting. In 2002 I incorporated this farmer into a historical mural located in Old Sandwich Town (Olde Sandwich Towne) located along the Canadian border of the Detroit River, established in 1797 now amalgamated into Windsor. This segment in the mural was a depiction of a former fugitive slave giving thanks in front of The Sandwich First Baptist Church. This Church was a significant stop along the Underground Railroad. This edifice was built 1847 by fugitive slaves. My model for “Planting a Harvest” was Fred Johnson of Colchester South Ontario, a good and respected friend. Fred is one of those hard working kindhearted farmers who no doubt gave away more food than he sold to countless families who didn’t have the means to pay the full prices. He was the employer to many a young teens who needed jobs for the summer, my self included. Fred was still farming when he posed for this painting in 2009. In January 2011, eighteen years after the initial lino-cuts the painting was finally completed.
The painting “Planting a Harvest” along with the Lino-cut were part of in the
2014 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art “Possible Futures: What is to be done?
“Held at the Art Gallery of Windsor October 4, 2014 – January 11, 2015