`This is a picture of my wife Cheryl and me in the year 2012 as we cruised from Amsterdam to Budapest via the rivers Rhine, Main and Danube. We have been married now for 16 years, my first wife having passed away in 2002. Cheryl is an important part of my painting often taking pictures in her travels as an Archdeacon for the Qu'Appelle Diocese of the Anglican Church I am never surprised when she returns home and says "Have I got some great shots for you." And she often has.
I am now enjoying my 84th trip around the sun. Up to now I have amassed an extremely full life. I have traveled very extensively in the world both with my first wife and with Cheryl. Cheryl and I have experienced some fascinating trips. We wait to see where the wander lust takes us next year.
All of my elementary and secondary education was gained in Regina. It was at Balfour Technical School that I honed my love of art under the watchful and encouraging eye of Margaret Messer. I also took special drafting so have a keen eye for perspective and lines.
My university knowledge came from the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, and the University of British Columbia (Carey College) where I earned Bachelor of Arts, A Bachelor of Education, a Post Grad Diploma in Education Administration, and a Master of Divinity degrees. I love learning, both my wife and I are avid readers, and I have benefited from taking art courses from such notables as Jack Reid, Donna Kreikle, Elaine Seis , Arlie Hoffman, John Molnar , Linda Kemp, Bryan Atyeo, Allan Lonechild, Carl Schlademan, Jim Wilcox, Huang Zhong Yang, Grant Fuller, Jerry Markham, Mitch Albala, and Richard Robinson of New Zealand and three years of personal tutoring by Agnes Almar.. As I believe in life long learning, I know there are many more masters under whom I will continue to study. This summer alone saw me travel in excess of 6,000 kilometers by car in search of improvement.
I have four children all living in Regina and Cheryl has three children from her previous marriage - two in Ontario and one in British Columbia. Together we have 16 grandchildren. Our families are great sources of joy to us.
When I am not in my studio painting, I will likely be found in our den working away at one of my books. To date I have published two books on Gospel Magic, one book on the struggles of my first wife with Mysathenia Gravis and thymomas, and last May I published my latest book "Splinters on the Cross." This last book , through 48 original poems, traces my epic struggle with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to become ordained. It very candidly describes the deceit, the hubris and malice now consuming the church. I am currently on my next book which deals with the issue of communication in organizations and how much deception now lurks behind the spoken word. I do have a title for it but will hold that in abeyance until I am ready to publish. Cheers.
DROP JIM A LINE
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