Maxwell's Cabin Studio & Gallery


"Open by Chance or Appointment!!!"

Hello, my name is Dar West, and I thank you for stopping at my web site.  I have been interested in painting and sketching since I was old enough to hold a crayon, but raising two daughters and pursuing a career in the corporate world left me precious little time to indulge in this interest.

Upon retirement some years ago, I moved to the village of Maxwell where I lived in a 50 acre hardwood bush - behind our house is a small pioneer log cabin that had previously been used as a barn. With a little TLC it became my first studio. I want to share with others the wonders of nature and the beautiful vistas of the Escarpment and Georgian Bay that surround us. I love nature and I try to look beyond the obvious and create unique paintings that depict our beautiful area. I work in oils and acrylics, using vibrant colours and lines of movement to draw the viewer into the painting. Although originally self-taught, I have spent a lot of time since retirement studying with various well-known artists and at the Fleming College of Art in Haliburton.  It is my hope that you will find in one of my paintings the memory of a peaceful and beautiful location that you can revisit again and again after you return to your busy life in another place......