Project Description

John’s Caribbean Garden

This colorful Caribbean garden belonged to my friend John Warden. John was the darling of Canadian fashion designers in the 60s, dressing Margaret Trudeau inter alia. He eventually moved to St Kitts where he created Island to Island fashion. He used a lot lovely light handkerchief linen in styles which suited and flattered every figure. His colorful character was also reflected in his Caribbean garden and I particularly liked the different hues and textures of the leaves in this group of potted plants.

His house also reflected his artistic character, dominated as it was by a huge white grand piano.  The shaded verandah had white wicker furniture and blue and white cushions. He used to cook amazing lunches for his lady clients who would visit him from far and wide (myself included). Mouth-watering pastas and salads grown in his garden would be served on blue and white pottery from Mexico. Dessert would sometimes be fresh mangoes, also from his garden – if in season and if not already eaten by the monkeys that abound in St. Kitts!

He is missed. This painting is a tribute to his memory.

Acrylic on canvas
36×24” 91.4×61.4cm