From the Collection of Anonymous
Hope Haines was a commercial artist by profession and was known as an expert on the tinting of steel engravings. Her customers had been McGill and Queen’s Universities, the Oil Foundation of Calgary, and the Royal Trust in Montreal, as well as many others. The steel engraving are mostly historical scenes and involves many hours of work checking museums and libraries for authentic colours of soldiers’ uniforms, etc. Haines moved to St. Mary’s from Toronto where she had been involved with her husband’s gallery, William Haines Artistic Picture Framing.
This piece was purchased from the Stonetown Gallery, St. Mary’s where the artist made her home and where she came to paint these lovely botanical watercolours.