Commissioned Work

PeeWee The Pelican

PeeWee The Pelican

When 103 year old children’s book author Estelle Craig asked Laura to paint the cover picture for her forthcoming publication, “The Pelicans of Palm Beach” Laura was pleased and honoured to be asked. Estelle had very specific ideas of how PeeWee should look and what...

The Ashbridge Estate

The Ashbridge Estate

Sarah Ashbridge travelled from Pennsylvania to Upper Canada with her family in the spring of 1793. They purchased a large block of land east of the present day Greenwood Avenue. Their land ran from the lakeshore to just north of Danforth Avenue. Theirs was the fourth...

Dunbarton

Dunbarton

In 1832 William Dunbar laid out a town site near the Kingston Road which was later relocated and called Fairport/Dunbarton. When the Grand Trunk Railway arrived it passed close enough to warrant a station. In time the area around the station developed into the village...

Bowmanville

Bowmanville

This house on Wellington Street in Bowmanville was built in the high Victorian style. Over the years additions in various other styles were added. The original house was a simple one-and-a-half storey Georgian structure built by Marshal Porter, who emigrated from...

Hogarth

Hogarth

The main portion of this Riverdale home was built in 1875 by Thomas Hogarth, principal of York Township School. In 1882 he sold it to his daughter Elinora Heys and her husband, who added the north wing and verandah. It remained in the Heys family until 1964 when it...

Gooderham and Worts Flatiron Building

Gooderham and Worts Flatiron Building

The Gooderham and Worts "Flatiron" Building was constructed in 1892 by George Gooderham in the French Modern Gothic style. The building housed the offices of Gooderham and Worts, which George Gooderham built into a vast financial and commercial empire. Gooderham’s own...

Maple Cottage

Maple Cottage

Maple Cottage is one of the few intact examples of a traditional Ontario workers’ cottage in Toronto. According to legend, the silver maple that stood in front of it inspired the song by Alexander Muir, ”The Maple Leaf Forever.” In 2013 the tree was blown over in a...

The Blackburn Barn

The Blackburn Barn

Polygonal buildings originated with the eccentric American author, Orson Squire Fowler, who wrote on a variety of subjects, including phrenology: the study of bumps on the head. He made a fortune from sales of his sex manual, which he published in the 1840s. In 1849...

Meadowvale

Meadowvale

Meadowvale Village became Ontario’s first heritage village in the late 1980s. The buildings were restored through grants and loans available to homeowners at the time. The original settlement started in 1831 with two sawmills and a carding mill. By 1880 the village...

Streetsville Railway Station

Streetsville Railway Station

The Credit Valley Railway was completed in 1879 with the first train departing from Streetsville junction on September 19th. The building’s overhanging roof provided shelter for the passengers while the turret served as an office, offering a clear view of the tracks...

Unionville Congregational Church

Unionville Congregational Church

In 1879, the Unionville members of the Congregational Church built a new building to replace and amalgamate the meeting places in Markham and Unionville. The new church was designed by Casa Loma architect, Edward Lennox. The land was donated by the Braithwaite family....

Rosemont Schoolhouse

Rosemont Schoolhouse

Union School, No. 17 Mono Township was constructed in 1890 just west of the village of Rosemont. It was a two room school built on the land of a farmer, William McNabb. In 1968, when the new Mulmur-Mono school opened, Union School No. 17 closed it‘s doors. The...

Levellands

Levellands

While doing research for the Toronto Real Estate Board calendar the heritage officer for Richmond Hill asked Laura to paint a picture of a house in his area that had significant historic value but was still threatened with demolition. The house, Levellands, had been...

Casa Loma

Casa Loma

Toronto’s famous castle was designed by Edward Lennox for the wealthy Sir Henry Pellat, who received a knighthood for building the first Canadian generating station at Niagara Falls. The Pellat family lived at Casa Loma from 1914 to 1923. For a time the castle was...

Crest, Hampstead Town Hall

Crest, Hampstead Town Hall

Hampstead Town Hall began life as the Vestry Hall of Hampstead Parish. It was built in 1878 with money raised by public subscription by the people of Hampstead. In 1910, after the re-organisation of local government, it was officially renamed the Town Hall. After...

Triple House

Triple House

When the owners of this unique house bought the original log cabin in Shelburne, Ontario and moved it to Caledon they were told that zoning reqirements demanded structures with more square footage. They decided to buy two additional buildings and join them all...

Metcalfe Street

Metcalfe Street

A row of Late nineteenth century traditional Toronto Bay and Gable houses with decorative wood and masonry details in Cabbagetown. SIZE: 12" X 8" MEDIUM: WATERCOLOUR FINE ART PRINT $250 DIGITAL LICENSE AVAILABLE

John Denham Gallery

John Denham Gallery

The artist showed her work at the John Denham Gallery in Mill Lane in the 1990s. Mr. Denham asked her to paint a picture of the gallery for use as a post card. She sat on a camping chair on the north side of Mill Lane to paint this picture. SIZE: 16" X 12" MEDIUM:...

Doorway, Hampstead Town Hall

Doorway, Hampstead Town Hall

Masonry figurehead and shield on either side of the grand late Victorian main entrance. MEDIUM: carbon PENCIL DRAWING DIGITAL LICENSE AVAILABLE

Letterbox, Hampstead Town Hall

Letterbox, Hampstead Town Hall

Decorative brick work of flowers and leaves underneath the brass letterbox. MEDIUM: carbon PENCIL DRAWING DIGITAL LICENSE AVAILABLE

Stairway, Hampstead Town Hall

Stairway, Hampstead Town Hall

Mirror and Clock at the landing of the main stairway which leads to a gallery. MEDIUM: PENCIL DRAWING DIGITAL LICENSE AVAILABLE

Janneaux Offices, Condom

Janneaux Offices, Condom

Laura painted this watercolour over 12 days in late October in Condom, France. The weather was quite chilly and when it started to rain after a couple of days the proprietor of her hotel kindly offered the use of one of the parasols with a stone base that they used to...

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