That’s Gordon “Kit” Thorne (1898-1981) in the middle, moustache, goatee and bolo tie, looking very much the artist. He was over at our place for Christmas. Vancouver, 1966. That’s Kit’s son Peter to his left and left again, my brother Jack. On the ladies side, my sister Joni and mother Helen on the far right. What? Helen on the far right? Never!
Helen went on painting excursions with Kit for years. She considered him an early mentor. He was one of the rare individuals who managed to make a living with his brush. No mean feat in the sleepy cultural backwater that was mid-20th century Vancouver. He did watercolours and oils, but his brush also went to work on commercial murals and window signs. His Christmas gift to us was a big Santa scene painted on our picture window.
I’m happy to see Kit’s work getting some attention now. He earned it.
Here’s an auction search that will show you some of his stuff. More “Kit” photos…
One of Kit’s Christmas windows for our house. This one was in 1967. It’s painted on the inside. of course, so all in reverse, including the layering of paints.
The two artists out sketching… in better weather.