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Moonlit Harvester
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"; 45.7cm x 60.9cm; image ©ruth hartman


The Confederates
Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 30"; 60.9cm x 76.2cm;image © ruth hartman

Pioneer of Queen's Bush
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24";45.7cm x 60.9cm; image © ruth hartman

Homestead, Queen's Bush
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24";45.7cm x 60.9cm; image ©ruth hartman


Cousins - c. 1920
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"; 45.7cm x 60.9cm; image © ruth hartman

Cousins Three
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"; 45.7cm x 60.9cm; image © ruth hartman

Three girls
Monoprint/Watercolour 5"x7"; 12.7cmx17.8cm;image © ruth hartman

Sisters
Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 30"; 60.9cm x 76.2cm;image © ruth hartman

Red Cousins
Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 30";61.0 x 76.2cm; ruth hartman

Daisy/Expectation
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"; 45.7cmx60.9cm; image © ruth hartman

Magnolia/Resignation
Acrylic on Canvas 20" x 30"; 50.8cm x 76.2cm; image ©ruth hartman

Geranium/Joy
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"; 45.7cm x 60.9cm; image ©ruth hartman

Weschmater
Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 20"; 40.6cm x 50.8cm; image ©ruth hartman

Ma-ternity
Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12"; 30.5cm x 30.5cm; image ©ruth hartman

In-Fancy
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"; 45.7cm x 60.9cm; image ©ruth hartman

Big Brother
Acrylic on Canvas 10" x 20"; 25.4cm x 50.8cm; image ©ruth hartman

Rubberball
Mixed Media on Canvas 22"x28";55.9 cmx71.1cm; image ©ruth hartman

Stable Kids
Acrylic on Canvas 20" x 20"; 50cm x 50cm; image ©ruth hartman

Neustadt1
Acrylic on Canvas 7" x 9"; 17.7cm x 22.8cm; image ©ruth hartman

Neustadt2
Acrylic on Canvas 7" x 9"; 17.7cm x 22.8cm; image ©ruth hartman

Neustadt3
Acrylic on Canvas 7" x 9"; 17.7cm x 22.8cm; image ©ruth hartman

Neustadt4
Acrylic on Canvas 7" x 9"; 17.7cm x 22.8cm; image ©ruth hartman

Confirmation
Acrylic on Canvas 10" x 12"; 25.4cm x 30.4cm ; image ©ruth hartman

Not Dark Yet
Acrylic on Canvas 14" x 18"; 35.6x45.7cm ; image ©ruth hartman

Sib-line Sleep.
Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"; 45.7cm x 60.9cm; image © ruth hartman

This series began in 1997 as a result of documenting and inquiring into the lives of my paternal and maternal ancestors who came to Queen's Bush (now the Grey-Bruce area of Ontario) before 1850. Most of my ancestors settled in Normanby Township. Along with English, Scottish and Irish immigrants, they built the communities of Neustadt, Ayton, and others. In Nenagh, they lived with those who had preceded them, the Sauking nation and others who found safe haven in the bush. The pioneer days of my ancestors were consumed with the need for self-sufficiency on the homestead but also with the desire for community. My ancestors were charter founders of area schools, such as SS#5, and area churches. Their lives, now bracketed by birth and death, affirm continuity but also the finite space we occupy. The series has moved from the 19th to 20th century and is now an exploration of images from my own past.The use of "no faces" in this series was initially to portray what is not known and then as motif for a shared or universal heritage.

images © ruth hartman
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