Enns Barn Painting Collection: Installment 5 of 5

Throughout June, Ontario Barn Preservation is pleased to bring to you barn paintings from the collection of David and Sandy Enns – enjoy this final installation and please document the barns you appreciate by photographing, sketching, modelling or painting them!

Please note that the copyright of the paintings is held by the artists or their estates. Thank you David and Sandy for sharing these images and compiling the related information. It would be very interesting indeed to know how many of the 15 barns illustrated within this collection have survived to this day.


Hello, my name is David Enns. I started collecting the paintings back in 1987. Back then I had started my own real estate appraisal firm in 1984. Over time, I specialized in the appraisal of large commercial farm operations in Eastern Ontario. Earlier, growing up in Brampton, we had a 175 acre farm SE of Erin where my dad had converted a bank barn into a broiler barn in the early 60s. Unfortunately, that barn is now gone. I’ve always admired the skill and craftsmanship that went into building these barns that were erected without the use of modern power tools.

Old Barns by Ben Jensen, 15.5"x16.5", oil, 1994, location: unknown
Old Barns by Ben Jensen, 15.5″x16.5″, oil, 1994, location: unknown
Once Was by David Yeatman, 9"x10", watercolour, 2000, location: Eastern Ontario
Once Was by David Yeatman, 9″x10″, watercolour, 2000, location: Eastern Ontario
Scottsdale Barn by Fran Koning, 11"x17", watercolour, 1995, location: North-West of Georgetown
Scottsdale Barn by Fran Koning, 11″x17″, watercolour, 1995, location: North-West of Georgetown

Artist Fran Koning’s husband Wayne Koning) wrote the following:

“Scotsdale Farm is NW of Georgetown and is an Ontario treasure. Google  heritagetrust.on.ca>properties>scotsdale and scroll down to view the youtube video. Next look at the website  scotsdalefarm.com and click on ” About” and under Friends of Scotsdale Farm click on Violet and Stewart Bennett  to read about the farm history.

The Bennetts had no children and were great benefactors to the Georgetown community. They also bequested a large painting collection to the Gallery at U of G.

Scotsdale Farm is a popular place to hike and dog walk. It is also a popular movie making location. In 2003 “The Recruit” starring  Al Pacino was filmed there and in 2020 the new season 4 filming of “The Handmaids Tale” took place at Scotsdale.”

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