This is the Niska Bridge near Guelph Ontario. It is a one car bridge in what was once a purely rural area. Now it is surrounded by highways and residential & industrial parks. Many of these areas have been flattened and stripped of the original trees. My grandparents lived on this road and farmed just behind where I stood to photograph this bridge. The farm that my great-great grandfather started when he came to this country is now a treeless, flat expanse with a large Tim Horton’s factory in the middle, not too far from here. The Guelph Historical Society is trying to preserve this bridge – and in so doing they will help stall the destruction of this land into a ‘parking lot’ [from Joni Mitchell’s song].
My painting is mostly done with Palette Knife and some brush work. It is done in acrylic on archival board.