In the summers, the family went to Métis-sur-Mer (then known as Métis Beach) on the Lower St. Lawrence River.

Everywhere she went Lillian surrounded herself with flowers and in the early year’s flowers were what she painted; flowering trees, flower gardens and arrangements around her house.

By the late 1930s, Lillian was painting landscapes of all the places she lived or visited: the houses, streets and trees around her house ; the parks where her grandchildren played and St. Sauveur where they skied ; the area around Mount Bruno (23 km east of Montreal) where her husband was one of the founders of the golf course; Chateauguay where her sister, Bea, lived on the Richelieu River and the villages, gardens, and vistas in the lower Gaspe where she summered.

After Donald died in 1952, Lillian spent time visiting her children: Osla in Quebec City and Kamouraska; Betty and Andrea in Metis; and Katherine and Cynthia in the Eastern Townships.

Lillian’s art is in many ways a diary of her life. She painted the domestic objects and landscapes around her wherever she went. Over the years her style changed and developed as she became more confident and inspired by the popular art of the era.

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