- Your Voice
Local couple on vacation when fire consumes home, artwork
The blackened square on the right wall outlines where one of Don Baker’s pieces of art hung. Now, crews work to salvage what they can and remove destroyed materials.
Don Baker, a Northwest artist, and his wife, Annemie, were on a vacation in Canada when their house and dozens of Don’s works of art using rust impressions were destroyed in a fire. Fortunately, this piece depicting a Volkswagen and some others were spared.
Don and Annemie Baker walk through what is left of their house in the wake of a fire that destroyed almost everything they owned.
Don Baker is working to restore some of his works of art that were blackened by smoke damage, like this one of a bicycle.
Don Baker demonstrates how he places metal objects on a canvas and then treats it with water and time to leave behind a rusted impression on the canvas.
Don Baker stands in the room where his house fire started.