40 years of painting portraits of life in Stoneham
For the past 40 years, Gilles St-Laurent has been painting what he knows; the landscapes of Stoneham, Tewkesbury, Vermont-Sur-le-Lac, etc. He's painted the people, the houses and the scenes of the first families to settle in the area: the Mckees, Craigs, Murphys and many more.
It's not his day job. St-Laurent worked for years as a police officer, photographer and finger print specialist with the Sureté du Québec. But, through this labour of love, he's created more than 2000 canvasses, one hundred of which hang in his own home.
And now he's hoping to share his collection with his community. The CBC'S Alison Van Rassel visited Gilles St-Laurent recently.