Arthur Henry Howard Heming is one of Canada's most significant and accomplished painters. He did a great deal of his work in the northern parts of Canada, writing, painting and sketching the land and people. His works included novels which fictionalized some of his experiences in the far northern forests and mountains.
Heming was born in Paris, Ontario but pursued much of his education abroad, in New York and London. His instructors included Frank Vincent DuMond and Frank Brangwyn. He was accomplished at sketching as well as at painting and his drawings of the wildlife of Canada's far north were extremely popular in the Americas and Europe.
Often, viewers are struck by the monochrome palette of many of the early oil paintings by Arthur Henry Howard Heming. In fact, any oil painting produced by the artist before he was 60 years of age will almost certainly be black, white and yellow and often simply black and white. Heming was color blind but, later in life, he struck out despite this, painting in brilliant oil colors.
He executed many fine portraits of the trappers and Native Americans who lived in the Canadian north and was known as "The Chronicler of the North".