Isabel Grace Mclaughlin, 1903 – 2002
Canadian artist Isabel Grace Mclaughlin was an avid artist and collector. She studied at the Ontario College of Art under Arthur Lismer and Yvonne McKague Housser, at the Art Students League in New York under Hans Hoffman and at the Scandinavian Academy in Paris.
With ‘Blossom Time’, McLaughlin portrays a little slice of farm life complete with scratching chickens, in a reduced and muted palette of green, grey, pink and yellow. Just beyond the farm outbuildings in the background, looming over the landscape is the pier of a raised road or rail trestle, an all too common symbol of the encroaching industrial landscape on this little valley paradise.