(1918 - 2012)


Patricia Promaine or “Grams” as her family and friends call her is a 93 year old folk artist. She spent many years at her Markdale-area farm and later near Waterloo where she became acquainted with the Mennonite and Amish neighbours.
Most of her scenes are fascinating portraits of clapboard houses, fences and fields, humorous strokes of barn raisings, harvests and hearty outdoor lunches or bustling bristle work of rural happenings, people and animals from a hilltop view afar. Her re-collective depictions of Amish children chasing chickens, women hanging quilts or their Sunday Best (whites, blues and black) on the clothes line and little faces looking out the rear of a horse drawn buggy makes each acrylic piece read more like a really good book rather than simply a picture. Look long enough and one almost feel a warm, grassy breeze sweeping across the chattering yards and country lanes.
As she put her inspirations and images on canvas she started showing her work in well-known galleries in places such as North Hatley, Toronto, Ottawa, One of a Kind Show and private sales. She only painted three to four paintings a year now. Patricia Promaines’ original paintings number less than 200 and are not reproduced.


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