By Danielle French

Artist: Diana Collins Wilkes – Painting

I am fascinated by all kinds of art. Artists who focus on one medium and one style produce wonderful work, of course, but I think I am even more drawn to those who experiment with different approaches or mediums. On the one hand, Diana has a passion for portraits, but I also admire her thought-provoking abstract work. Through it all, she strives to express, as she so eloquently puts it, “the unity that pervades life.”


I share her belief in the way small things can inspire us and provide great beauty if we take a moment to appreciate them. I know visitors to Art in the Fields will find themselves absorbed and moved by her paintings.

Art in the Fields runs from July 1 to July 7 at South Pond Farms from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except for July 6 10:00 to 1:00. Join us for an opening reception on Sunday, June 30 from 1:00 to 5:00.

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Danielle French - Ash Naylor Photography

About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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