Born in Doon, Ontario in 1855. Died in the same village in 1936. Homer Watson RCA, who was self-taught, went to Toronto and worked in the studios of photographer William Notman in 1874–1875, where he met Lucius O’Brien, Henri Perré and John Arthur Fraser. He studied painting by copying other works at the Toronto Normal School. He was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1882. He was initially influenced by the work of the British painters Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable, but developed an interest in rural life and the work of peasants. At the end of his life, his paintings in the impressionistic style were less successful.

A Coming Storm in the Adirondacks - 1879, oil on canvas. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Grand River Landscape at Doon - circa 1881, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Red Oak - 1919, oil on canvas. Edmonton Art Gallery
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