I’ve been told that I’m not your typical contemporary art enthusiast. Contrary to popular belief, not all people who grew up in Saskatchewan are beer-swilling, puck-ducking, stubble-jumpers (although I qualify on all accounts). Some of us survived the cold and actually found satisfaction in the “arts”.
Indications of such a future interest may have been the fun I had copying cartoon comic characters as a grade-schooler, sneaking into a concert of The Champs (of the hit song “Tequila” fame) as a teenager, working on the University of Saskatchewan student newspaper and participating as a keener in the Greystone Theater production of “Riders to the Sea”. Although my true engagement with “theater” was working part-time, during my university days, at Caswells Men’s Wear (The Store For Men).
Following graduation from the U of S in 1966 (French 101 x 6) I worked in Ethiopia (1967-69) and then moved to Toronto and began a 37 year career in the field of intergovernmental relations with an international focus.
Through my travels, I was given the rare opportunity to follow my interest in contemporary art visiting galleries and exhibitions outside of Canada.