Artwork for “A Place to Call Home,” p. 66 “All the painting I’ve done has been about exploring the relationship between people and place. That’s often what authors are doing as well, and I began to see a connection between literature and painting that I thought would be fun to explore. I was in the process of painting Ian Brown when I asked him to explain to me his connection to this little island on Georgian Bay that he wanted as part of his portrait. His email to me describing that connection was so moving that I realized this project could be expanded to include text. Also, Ian’s got a great nose, so I really wanted to paint that.” John Hartman has been a visual artist for more than forty-five years. His series of writers’ portraits featured in People and Place, his new show at Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, is being adapted into a book and an exhibition set to tour Canada next year.