Alfred Joseph Casson began his art career in Toronto, where he met and worked with Franklin Carmichael. The two shared an interest in watercolors and would later found the Ontario Society of Painters. Casson was invited to join the Group of Seven painters in 1926. He accepted, becoming the youngest member. He established his own voice within the Group by choosing small towns and rural settings as subjects for his paintings, and enjoyed a long career as a respected artist.