cast aluminum carousel horsesIllustrator Glen Donaldson is working on some cast aluminum carousel horses at his downtown studio. Donaldson has been active in the Windsor arts and painting scene for 40 years. PHOTO BY NICK BRANCACCIO /Windsor Star

Julie Kotsis Windsor Star

You can almost hear the whinny of the carousel horses that Windsor artist Glen Donaldson is bringing back to life with his painting skills.

Donaldson has been commissioned to restore the brilliant colours on five full-size carousel horses purchased in New Jersey.

He said the horses, made of cast aluminum, will each take approximately 30 hours to complete.

Donaldson, who has spent his working life painting everything from signs to motorcycles, canvases to airplanes, uses enamel sign paint and an air brush, working out of a studio in the former Purity Dairy building on Howard Avenue.

Illustrator Glen DonaldsonIllustrator Glen Donaldson in his studio where he’s painstakingly repainting cast aluminum carousel horses Friday. PHOTO BY NICK BRANCACCIO /Windsor Star

carrousel horseSome of the details of illustrator Glen Donaldson’s work are shown on a carrousel horse he is rejuvenating. PHOTO BY NICK BRANCACCIO /Windsor Star