This is the eight in a series about Canadian artists I have known, and worked with.
We all have memories of “Days Gone By”! Some of my most vivid memories are from my childhood, both at our home in Thorncrest Village, Etobicoke and during the summer at the Matabanick Inn near
Canadian artist, James Lumbers has taken history and memories and made them into a series of wonderful “ghost” paintings. His unique style of painting shows today’s images while “ghosting” the past. For many years we featured James’ work in our fine art galleries. I was always touched by how people reacted to his paintings. Some of his most popular works included sports figures. They included Joe Montana, “Mr. Hockey – Gordie Howe” and “The Great One - Wayne Gretzky”. Everyone who came into our galleries had a favourite James Lumbers painting. My favourite was “As Time Goes By”. This painting depicted a Grandfather giving his Grandson his pocket watch.
Even though James Lumbers lived in close by Grafton, I never formally met him until I attended a Gallery Owners Advisory meeting at his offices in
. I must admit that my first meeting with such
a famous and talented artist was quite intimidating. However, once the meeting
began Jim made everyone welcome and at ease. Since that first meeting I have
seen Jim and his wife Dalma at a number of art shows. The show we visit most
frequently is at the Bayside Boutique and Gallery summer
show near Buckhorn. Jim and several other artists, including our friend Mary
Kendrick, showed their work at the Gallery during the Buckhorn
Fine Art Show in August. This was a great time and place to meet James
Lumbers and view his works. Toronto
For me, every time I see one of Jim’s paintings, I am taken back in time and a lump forms in my throat as I remember my past!