Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1944, I was placed in an orphanage. When I was 6 years old, I went to live with foster parents on a farm in Swan River, Manitoba. At age 12, we moved to Regina, Saskatchewan. While in public and high school, I did well in art and won a couple of contests. I went to Balfour Technical School for the art course they offered. I left Regina in 1969 to live in Vancouver. I have worked as a window dresser, in print shops as a graphic artist and at Yellow Pages as a spec artist.
I dabbled in oils during that time and was in a Vancouver gallery in 1975 for a very, very short time. With a new wife and baby girl to support, I went into graphic arts full time, working out of my home.
In 2003, I discovered I had 6 half brothers and sisters of the Ojibway nation. I was the first born. My siblings had a different father. My mother lived on the Brokenhead Reserve just north of Winnipeg. I still have 3 siblings left.
Much time passed without me painting, but I still always took photographs and kept ideas knowing that someday, I’d pick up a brush again. I have been painting for the last few years and have a variety of interests that I think show in my paintings. I’m still experimenting with techniques.
Having said that, during these last few showings, I've analyzed my work and realized it is my life portrayed. You will notice that I don't do people... I was very much a loner during my younger years. I was very anti-social, anti-moral and anti-people as well. I like to say that people taught me that! I'm still a bit that way. My good wife brought out, I hope, the best in me. It is a good thing I was into sports while growing up.
Current interests, other than my art, is photography, curling, golf, fastball... sports in general. I coach or have coached curling and fastball the past few years while still doing graphics. I retired from coaching fastball after 27 years of coaching.
All in all, I am the luckiest person with the life I've had.
Some of you have been puzzled about my "AB original" branding and been asking where and how that came about.
Pretty well all my life, I have felt a bit different since I didn't know my heritage and I suppose I really didn't bother to find out as I have had a pretty good life.
I was watching "Young Frankenstein" many many, years ago.There was bit part where Igor had come back from some blood tests and excitingly proclaimed to Dr. Frankenstein that his blood was (AB normal) that he took to be abnormal. That is how I felt sometimes not knowing my background but being happy in my life, I still didn't care about finding out, but that bit stayed in the back of my mind for a very long time.
In 2003, my daughter urged me to find out my heritage as she wanted to get her status card (something I didn't know about) and I would have dig into my background to get mine. This got to the point where I found out that I was Ojibway.
I started painting seriously shortly after this in 2004. I could have painted native style but it would not have meant anything with me having grown up in the white world.
To acknowledge my heritage, I remembered that bit in "Young Frankenstein" and the AB part. It sort of just fell naturally in AB.original and have used it ever since!
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