Shadows of History

Shadows of History

Alkyd oil on canvas, 20″x24″

During World War 2, training bases throughout Canada were used to train pilots, navigators, gunners and bombardiers. Known as the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, this organization turned out some 225,000 air crew for the allied war effort. This involved military personnel from Canada, Britain, Poland, France, Australia, Norway and the US, to name a few.

The Harvard Trainer was one of the aircraft used, and I was lucky enough to take a 45 minute fight in one of these 1940s airplanes. We took a tour around the Collingwood Harbour, and I gave both of my cameras a workout. With dozens of references of the town, I took a single shot of the cockpit’s shadow on the wing, and came up with this composition. I really got a sense of history while painting this.