By Mark Skeffington
This story about discovering W.J. Hopkinson comes from England.
About 10 years ago, Hilary Cooper was stopped at a traffic light in Carnforth, Lancashire, outside a charity shop, when a painting in the shop window caught her eye.
“I decided to go and buy it there and then, so I parked the car,” she said, describing that day.
“Then I remembered I hadn’t got any cash with me. I thought the shop would put it away for me until I returned to pay for it. On the way to the shop I found a £5 note on the pavement. When I got to the shop the price of the picture was …. £5.00! I felt it was meant to be.
“I particularly like the use of pink in the sky. I think it’s a lovely painting.”
On the back of the 9.5 X 11.5 inch oil painting is the title: Evening – Grass Lake.
Hilary, who lives in the Lake District of northern England, emailed wjhopkinson.ca looking for more information about the scene.
Grass Lake is in the Haliburton area of Ontario, very close to Eagle Lake, one of Hopkinson’s favourite spots to paint en plein air.
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About the Writer: Mark Skeffington is an art collector & co-founder of FineArtCollector.ca, a Canadian fine art gallery; he lives in Niagara, Ontario, Canada.