William Percy Weston :: 1879 - 1967

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Portrait of a Man
Charcoal on Grey Paper 12" x 9"

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Period One (1909-1923)
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Period Three (1931-1967)
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Weston was seldom idle, either during his teaching days or in retirement. As a teacher, he spent most of his free time painting and drawing, but also designed and built new houses and made furniture and pottery. He made his own frames with an old German mitre saw in his basement.(74)

"On the threshold of 80, Percy Weston baches admirably in his home [on Dogwood Street], serves an exotic drink called ‘The Dogwood Special’ to his friends; puts his smocks through his automatic washer; feeds strips of fat to the woodpeckers in his garden, and paints with a vigor that utterly belies his age." (75)

He exhibited less frequently but a large retrospective exhibit in 1959 at the Vancouver Art Gallery was a success. His work was less highly regarded in the 1960s, but "he remained steadfast in his devotion to the landscape." (76) Weston continued to paint, and when he died, an unfinished canvas sat on his easel.(77)