Born Montreal Quebec July 4th 1942 Lived in Louisbourg from 1943 to 1947 lived on Louisbourg Lighthouse 45,46,47. Moved to Uxbridge Ont. 1948 Moved back to Louisbourg 2004
I grew up in an Artistic Family and have been drawing and painting from an early age. In high school I was the first boy to take art instead of agriculture. I was always involved in artistic creation and decoration in many town projects. After I left the Navy I applied at the Art Gallery of Ontario and was turned down because of poor math grades? So I become a part of Toronto's Artistic community. I became friends and con frère with Harold Town, Jack Bush, Graham Coughtry, Mickey Handy, Robert Markle, Gordon Rayner, Michael Hayden, Bart Schoales, Ziggy Blazer, Gerald and Sheila Gladstone, Jerry Santbergan, Robert Hedrick, Marcel Barbeau, Ken Lywood, John Richmond and countless others.
I have been involved with many Art Projects including projects for expo 67 and have worked with, discussed, argued, all sides of the Arts with them since 1965.I even designed and produced T-Shirts for the 50th anniversary for the Group of Seven show. All of us Toronto Artist came to the show wearing the T-shirts in support.
I had a small T-shirt business and made 3-400 dollars a week off my Grossman T-shirt alone.in the late sixties. I got married in 1970 and sold my T-shirt business when we moved to Uxbridge. Here I taught Arts and crafts at Browndale and was an editor for their magazine. I was chairman of the Uxbridge Centennial committee and helped raise a half a million dollars for a town swimming pool.
After my marriage broke down. I moved back to Toronto and I managed a new Orleans jazz band and wrote and acted in some local stage productions like Psalm and Eggs at the St Lawrence Centre and Salome at the Poor Alex.
I then went sailing for a couple of years touring Between Florida and the Bahamas. I delivered a 56 ft sailboat from Nassau to Toronto and spent a summer delivering racing yachts.
I then started a noted Afterhours club that lasted 5 years. I was the toast of Toronto everyone came to my place from Richard Hatfield to the Rolling Stones. At this time I was also the Lobsterman for MacLean and MacLean and when they played Ontario I would often go on the road with them.
I then went into the movie business.
I was Assistant producer at UDO productions and worked on 3 Movies "Double Negative’, Circle Of Two" and Cynthia's House.
In 1979 I wrote a movie script and attempted to make the first feature shot in video. I received a $30,000 grant from film Canada with the backing of Sydney Newman (creator of the Avengers). I also received a $3,500 from the Ontario Arts Council.
Unfortunately after 3 years of work and investing all my money in the movie it was finally abandoned in a flurry of confusing tax changes in spite of being presold into profit. It was especially disappointing to be done in by a fellow Cape Bretoner Allan MacEachen who was the finance minister.
I have had 2 so/so Art shows in Toronto.
In Uxbridge I painted and had several showings and sold a few hundred paintings. I got my first computer in 1981 and in attempting Graphics accidently began a computer expert.
for 10 years I was a computer executive at Wiseguy Computers. I used to purchase a million dollars of software a month until the internet killed the software retail business.
I had my own Computer business in Toronto and Uxbridge, I designed major web sites for Ontario Berry Growers, Shadow lake Camps, Foster Memorial and Louisbourg.ca I have been making Art on Computers since about 1990 and quit painting entirely about the same time.
For the last 20 years I have been trying to get my digital creations accepted. In Uxbridge I attended several group shows and I was especially attacked by traditional painters that it wasn’t art that the computer created it (Which is not true) and that I could just print out as much as I wanted which in light most were producing prints made no sense what so ever. I have experimented with dozens of ways of transferring my Art to canvas and paper and I have settled on a printing method I easily spend as much time on a virtual painting as I did with oil and acrylics.
In 2004 I have moved back to Cape Breton. I concentrated my art to making web sites. Because I was a comefromaway and smartass from Ontario I was passed over in Making Louisbourg’s web sites for the Louisbourg merchant assoc. It should be noted that they spent about $25,000 and don’t have a web site. I own 2 Louisbourg web sites and several Louisbourg blogs plus I manage Louisbour.ca. While I have made Tourist maps for the Town of Louisbourg, Created Web Sites and catalogues, and developed a series of Art Prints Cape Breton is an artist’s dream in subject and scenery and I work mostly from own photographs. I have covered Louisbourg pretty well and would like to capture more of Cape Breton. I recently sold 15 prints at Louisbourg Art show attended by 200 people. This encouraged me to sell a few more in Ontario to former collectors.
I have also done a lot of writing, I was a force in the 60’s and was involved with much that was going on and hosted great parties.
In the seventies I was the king of Toronto I was the guy to know. I knew everybody and everything that was going on.