Charles Palmer

Charles Palmer

Charles Palmer, Sarah Palmer’s father, is a retired plastic surgeon. He was 18 years old when he enlisted in the Canadian Army and was sent to Europe where he saw the aftermath of World War II. He used art to help him deal with the stress of his war experiences and the stress of his medical career working with burn victims and children with birth defects. When he retired, art became his passion.

Click the PAINTINGS button to see some of his always fresh and often disquieting art.

Click the SISTINE BARN button to see some of his magnum opus. When he retired, Charles and his wife Mary moved to a hobby farm outside of Toronto where he painted the interior of a barn. Charles used a scaffold to allow him to paint both levels of the barn from floor to roof. The barn is currently being used to support a working farm and the paintings of the Sistine Barn are fading away.

After viewing his paintings and visiting the Sistine Barn, click on the ARTICLES button to find out more about Charles and his art.


A Friendly Soldier

A Kind Soldier

Acorn Lady

After the War

And Furthermore

Body in the Snow

Burn It Down

Dancing at the Ritz

Digging the Gothic

Golfing with the Devil



Mother and Son

Not a Game



Second Chance


The Professors' Wives

Top of the Morning

Unhappy Wedding

Your Bid


The Sistine Barn

Ahoy Matey

German Street Scene

Opposing Views

Royal Panel with Meat Dress

Sarah and Barn Panel


The Bishop

Truth is Marching On