I created this scene from photographs I took of clam diggers on the seashore in St. Andrews by-the-Sea. I worked on this painting in the evenings in my rented room after days of painting at various locations around and outside of town. I remember hearing somewhere that a lot of paintings by Canadian artists do not show the faces of the people they are painting. I thought I would create my own typical Canadian group scene in this painting of the clam diggers of St. Andrews. So I thought I would create a painting in this Canadian style.