The Ward (15 works)
The Ward's a neighbourhood of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, historically the first developmental expansion out of the downtown and an initial place of settlement for many non-English-speaking migrants, including my own Italian family.
As much as a neighbourhood, it's a state of mind with a reputation for being hardworking and proud on the one hand, crime ridden and gruff on the other. You find gardens with chickens backed up against factory walls, old guys distilling moonshine in garages, and grandmas playing euchre in sight of bikers with tattoes and beards—although that's changing now with the arrival of condos.
Architecturally, it's a beautiful mess (eccentric) thanks to decades of surreptitious DIYing.
In 2009, I moved back with my spouse and kids and bought a century redbrick with a garden and workshop/studio in the back. Completed mostly en plein air, these paintings represent my effort to appreciate the strange beauty of home and its power to keep it real.