Cel­e­brat­ing Fem­i­nine Beauty

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Glam­our and so­phis­ti­ca­tion are ‘in’ when it comes to in­te­rior decor, and there are al­ways those who ap­pre­ci­ate some retro charm. These qual­i­ties de­fine the work of Fred­er­ick Wat­son, who has en­joyed a ca­reer that has spanned close to five decades – first as a fash­ion il­lus­tra­tor, then a fine artist. "I’ve al­ways loved the glam­our of the Gatsby era, and of films from the 1930s and ’40s," says the artist from his Toronto home. "The furs, the hats, the veils, the mys­tique… I love it all." Fred­er­ick seemed to be nudged along the path to artis­tic great­ness as if by the gen­tle nuz­zle of his beloved child­hood horses. Even as a young boy, he would take no­tice of his mother’s el­e­gant turn-of-the-cen­tury at­tire and her flam­boy­ant shock of red hair. His grand­fa­ther, a hab­er­dasher by trade, would also leave an in­deli­ble mark on Fred­er­ick Wat­son’s grand imag­i­na­tion. These boy­hood im­pres­sions were im­printed on his mind, and would later ap­pear as the magic be­hind his

left, Honey Bee, oil on can­vas, 28" x 50" above, Dream­ing, oil on can­vas, 30" x 36"

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