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My education includes the Winnipeg School of Art and the Vancouver School of Art (now known as the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design), and a brief stint in the art department of Canada’s largest advertising firm, Maclaren, during advertising’s golden age when many now iconic campaigns were launched. My journey as an artist also includes being apprenticed in the studios of Sam Black and Jack Shabolt. Their inspiration was the vast volume of work, ongoing transformation of how they perceived making art, yet maintaining a distinct style. This mentorship lead to meeting other painters, some of whom were considered landscape genre masters despite being primarily commercial artists to pay their bills. The difference was that their fine art was the contemporary artwork they liked to make as their self-expression. I share this aim and my intention to make art people can relate to; that are also contemporary works in a distinctive and recognizable style. After many years showing my work in traditional “bricks and mortar” galleries, the next phase of my journey is connecting to the wider virtual gallery audience that UGallery provides.