Around 2002, I was reflecting that had my grandfather not survived the first world war, my life would not exist. His war diary noted countless close calls; for him surviving two and half years of trench warfare meant that he was a lucky man.
And I am lucky too. The privilege to live a creative life was in part made possible by the close relationship with my grandfather. I envisioned a visual diary to commemorate his war experiences and to display almost fifty years of my art making through memory, history and imagination. As the project unfolded, it became clear that the military and Halifax had played a central role in our family history. My parents met here during the Second World War and it is where I moved to attend NSCAD a school that changed my life.
While a student at NSCAD in the 80s, I began collecting newspaper images referencing some of the cultural, historical and politcal events that we as Canadians have lived through. You will recognize them grouped throughout the exhibition, which is best viewed in chronological order, entering the room on the left side and walking clock-wise around the gallery.
I have had the benefits of accomplished art teachers and remarkable art schools, each adding a different aspect to my growth as an artist. Central Technical School of Art in Toronto for figure drawing and graphic design, NSCAD for drawing and painting and Sheridan College for computer graphics and interactive multimedia. The variety of skills developed over the years sustained a painting career, interspersed with exhibitions and freelance work as a graphic designer.
A very special thanks to: Arts Nova Scotia, Jack & Co., Nova Scotia Archives, the Farquhar family, Ann and Margot Miles for their generous support of the exhibition. ............