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Gordon Wilson - Active

 

From the time I was old enough to hold a crayon, a drive to create artwork and challenge myself to constantly improve as an artist began.

Born in West Hamilton, Ontario, in 1957, I enjoyed a typical 60’s upbringing, playing street hockey and fishing the many streams and ponds that abounded there at the time. Early on, I was identified by my elementary school teachers and peers an “an artist”. This became my identity and art was one thing that I could do very naturally. Birthdays and Christmases meant art supplies from oil pastels to paint kits. It took a while, but I was able to teach myself enough to begin to create something resembling “art”.

Gordon Wilson - Active

In 1979, I was fortunate enough to be asked by the CBC to complete ten illustrations for an upcoming television special documenting the disastrous Dieppe raid in 1942. Upon completion of the project I was strongly persuaded by the CBC folk to enroll in The Ontario College of Art, which I did. It was at this wonderful institution that I studied illustration and design while being surrounded by quite a number of very talented and diverse individuals.

Post graduation, I worked in the GTA as a commercial artist, designer, and art director both as a freelancer and staff artist working on a wide range of projects. Later, in order to support a young family, I moonlighted as a continuing education instructor for Mohawk College in Hamilton teaching watercolour painting. Luck would have it that I later applied to, and was accepted into Brock University’s Teacher Technical Education program. In 2002, I began teaching Communication Technology and Visual Art at Mayfield Secondary School in Caledon, Ontario. returning to OCAD in 2003 to complete my Bachelor of Design degree after work.

Last Summer (2018), my wife Catharine and I held our breath and re-located to Qualicum Beach on beautiful Vancouver Island and in the short time we’ve been here I’ve been lucky enough to have my work displayed in a number of galleries and have recently began teaching acrylic painting at The Old Schoolhouse (TOSH) in town.

I look forward to exploring the artistic possibilities available here and polishing my creative abilities

Website: www.wilsonpaintings.com
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