I’ve always loved Vermeer’s paintings and even traveled to Delft to see his working environment during my Netherland wanderings in 1974. I look for beautiful window light for my portraits and documentary work just as the artist used in his domestic scenes. It astonishes me that someone can produce with paint this realistic feeling of light which I merely record at the scene.
I found my Vermeer at Black Creek Pioneer Village, a restored mid-19th century village showing what life would be like in rural Ontario of the time. I took a local bus to the site in May 1999 while my husband attended a transportation conference in Toronto. Even though the photograph shows pioneer life in the mid 1800’s, later in history than Vermeer’s scenes of mid 17th century, the travel back in time allowed me to portray a scene that looks more like Vermeer’s day than my own.