Homer Watson was born in Doon Ontario and on the advice of Thomas Mower Martin he moved to Toronto and worked part time for Notman-Fraser Photography studio. He traveled to New York in 1876 and in 1888 exhibited in the first show of the Canadian Academy. That year he sold a major work "The Pioneer Mill" to the Marquis for Queen Victoria. Watson moved to England in 1987 for three years to exhibit his works. In 2005 Canada Post issued a pair of postage stamps to honour the artist, "Dawn in the Laurentides" and "The Flood Gates". He has been designated a "Person of National Historic Significance in Canada" and his former house in Doon is now the Doon School of Fine Arts, a designated National Historic Site of Canada.