Pat Rice

Third Floor Gallery: Coming Soon

The song “This Old Tree” was written about a large 250 year old red oak in my yard. The paintings in this video (with the exception of the last two) are from the Long Branch area of Toronto.  I made the paintings to show the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the historic neighbourhood where I grew up. This community was once lakefront cottage country that could be reached in 45 minutes by steamer from Toronto. A few old growth oak trees still remain hidden in plain sight among the houses in the area. They give a hint to how this land had once been heavily forested.

I have also included paintings of the nearby armoury, once a hub of activity where firearms were produced for the war effort. The armoury has long since ceased operations and is now a deserted area that has been reclaimed by nature. The once busy Long Branch rife range is covered in heavy vines. Nowadays the Waterfront Trail winds through this haunting site.