Biography

Biography

 

1948 – 1969

Born in London Ontario, 1948
Attended Princess Elizabeth Elementary School, awarded First prize in Art
from I.O.D.E at graduation 1961
Attended art classes with Claire Bice, London Public Library and Art Gallery

Attended H B Beal Technical Institute, 1964 – 1968
( teachers Herb Ariss, John O’Henly, Hugh Mackenzie )
Trips to Detroit Institute of Arts and Albright Knox Art Gallery

Grades 11 and 12 awarded prize for hockey helmet design from manufacturer,
designed and painted outdoor billboard sign advertising Beal Art exhibit

Artist with Acme Neon Signs Ltd, 1968 – 1969
Paralysis and hospitalization, July – Sept 1968, convalescing for remainder of year

Travel to Great Britain and Europe, Sept. 1969 – April 1970, visited major museums,
art galleries and historic sites. Returned due to health concerns re paralysis and had major abdominal surgery, summer 1970

1970 – 1979

Attended Fanshawe College 1970 – 1972

( teachers include Eric Atkinson, Rudolf Bikkers, Tom Coulter )

Founding member of Trajectory Gallery with Fanshawe College student union and
Steven Joy, an exhibition space for students, teachers and visiting artists
Awarded art bursary at graduation 1972

Established studio downtown on Richmond Street 1972
Exhibitions in local and regional art galleries 1971 – 1979

Travel to New York, visited Guggenheim and MOMA museums July 1974
Artist with Eaton’s Department store in advertising department 1974
Teacher and printer of editions for artists in Printmaking department,
Fanshawe College 1972 – 1974

Treatment for mononucleosis, summer/autumn 1975
Attended Althouse College, UWO, London, teacher training 1976 – 1977

Artist and teacher at H B Beal Art Department 1977 – 1980 

Collaborated with Dr. Martin Robinson, designed cover for Steering

Committee document for establishing Museum London 1975

Accepted Islam as personal faith April 15, 1979

1980 – 1989

Artist and teacher with London Board of Education 1980 – 1984

Group and solo exhibitions locally

Travelled to Pakistan, India and Kashmir March – May 1980,
contacted malaria and returned to Canada
Travelled to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan Feb – May 1982

Married in July 1983, moved to Toronto
Founding member and teacher for a private elementary school, Mississauga 1983 – 1986
Travelled to Great Britain and France July 1985

Moved back to London, June 1986
Attended UWO, Honours Visual Arts 1986 – 1989
(Teachers included Helmut Becker and Roly Fenwick)
Travelled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan April – July 1988

Moved back to Toronto, August 1988
Attended University of Toronto Scarborough, final year of Honours degree 1988 – 1989 (teachers included Don Holman, master printer)
Group and solo exhibitions locally

1990 – 1999

Teacher with the Toronto District School Board 1990 – 1999
Son born in 1990 and daughter in 1992

Designed fundraising art and committee member to establish The Islamic Foundation, Scarborough, a mosque, school, and community centre 1991

Consultant and teacher of curriculum for private school and liaison with the Ontario Ministry of Education for accreditation, Whitby, Ontario 1993

Founding member of a private elementary school in North York and retreat in Northern Ontario to provide wilderness experience for children and families, 1994 – 2000

2000 – Present

Teacher with the Toronto District School Board 2000 – 2006
Renovated house and extended studio space 1999 – 2001
Retired from teaching, working as a full time artist, 2006 – present
Diagnosed with cancer, surgery and treatment, Dec 2008 – April 2009

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