Faiers Lane

I came across this scene during a walkabout, in search of a coffee and somewhat lost, in Toronto's Leslieville in the spring.  I immediately sketched it out, snapped a few photos from different angles, and then turned it into a painting in my studio a few weeks later.

I was happy to discover the passageway had only recently been designated "Faiers Lane."  From the 2013 Toronto Council minutes: "Dr. Alan Faiers has worked in Leslieville for three decades at the intersection of Queen and Logan where he has dedicated himself to the service of his patients.  He is a doctor whose work, delivering babies, making home visits, and helping patients deal with the problems of addiction reflects the best traditions of Canadian Medicine.  In some families he has delivered babies through several generations."  

I love that, not only the designee but the fact Toronto is paying homage to such people in such living, public places as laneways, rather than to the stodgy "Queen," "King," the land speculator Joseph "Bloore," Sir George "Yonge," etc. of its major thoroughfares. 

"Faiers Lane"
Acrylic mixed media on wood panel
10" x 24"