Paints during the summer months at lakeside resorts across the Prairie provinces including Manitou Beach near Watrous and Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan, and Jasper and Waterton Lakes National Parks in Alberta. He sometimes lives out of his car while on the road.
Begins an association that will last into the mid-1960s with the Wheel-Inn, a restaurant, service station, and campground near Piapot, Saskatchewan, that was opened when the new Trans-Canada Highway bypassed the village. Rather than continuing to travel to sell paintings, he makes his base at the Wheel-Inn in the summer tourist season. Paints a mural in the hotel in Consul, Saskatchewan, based on the American Western painter C.M. “Charlie” Russell’s Roundup #2. He will become increasingly interested in painting Western and wildlife scenes for the rest of his career.