This painting of a float house in Youbou made its way to Ontario

Lake Cowichan community helps to solve painting puzzle

Last month the Gazette published a story about a painting of a float house in Youbou that wound up in

Mystery solved!

Last month the Gazette published a story about a painting of a float house in Youbou that wound up in Fort Erie, Ont. The painting’s owner was trying to identify the artist who had painted the scene, but she was not having much luck. The only clue she had to go with, besides the location depicted in the artwork, was a partial signature on the back: “Henry Perf—”

Helma Holmes, the owner of Garrison Antique and Flea Market in Fort Erie, offered to help the owner try and track down the identity of the painter.

Within days of the paper coming out, Holmes received multiple phone calls with tips about who the artist might be.

“I was thrilled to hear a message on my machine today from family of the artist,” Holmes said in an email to the Gazette. “I eventually spoke with the daughter-in-law and was able to learn a bit more about Henry Perfect (1890-1974) who died at the age of 84.”

Holmes learned that Perfect’s son, Pete, still lives in the Cowichan Valley and owned the float house for a time and rented it out. Perfect would paint from photographs, often taken by Pete.

“Henry was a talented, self-taught artist and sold his paintings very reasonably. He also did his own framing,” she said. “Each of Henry’s grandchildren have one of his paintings and through the years some of his works have made it back to the family.”

Ernest Towle also reached out to Holmes to tell her the painting is a view he and his wife have from the corner of their property. He told Holmes he suspects the scene could be from around 1930, and that Perfect may have painted from an old photograph from the area.

Just Posted

South Island travel book a best seller

Areas of the Cowichan Valley covered

Elders Gathering in Cowichan Valley needs volunteers

Upwards of 5,000 participants expended to attend

Cowichan school district takes prize for trades training

The award includes $5,000 in additional funding

VIDEO: Colin James Blues Trio will play to a sold out house in Duncan

He’s always popular when he comes to the Cowichan Valley.

Seedy Sunday is packing ‘em in at Siem Lelum Gym. Why not join the fun?

Seeds, plants, and good advice: there’s lots for everyone.

UPDATED: Brake failure sees plane crash into gate; nobody injured

Rescue crews headed to the scene at Stamps and Henderson Roads.

Coming up in Cowichan: Public speaking, water, food preservation

The Justice for the Peace Island tour is stopping in Duncan on Wednesday, March 21.

A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller

In a series of weekend tweets naming Mueller for the first time, Trump criticized the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

B.C. teachers’ union to ask for higher salaries to help with shortages

B.C. starting teacher salaries are $10,000 to $15,000 lower than Ontario or Alberta says B.C. Teachers’ Federation president.

Few political staffers on Parliament Hill report sexual misconduct: survey

Sixty-five of the 266 survey respondents said they had personally experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment.

Experimental pot lab sprouting cannabis-infused drinks, new edibles

Nestled inside Canopy Growth Corp.’s sprawling marijuana facility outside Ottawa is a special laboratory

Federal committee to examine human trafficking in Canada

The Commons committee plans on holding hearings in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

Most Read