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Artists' Profiles

STEPHAN BELL

Austrian born, he studied art in Toronto and spent a number of years in illustrating and production positions before undertaking freelance assignments and opening his own studio. He has produced many commercial and advertising projects and designed greeting cards, books, and magazines. Bell is noted for Canada's largest mixed-subject mural, in Creston, British Columbia. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

NEIL BLACKWELL

Neil studied at the Slade School of Art in his native London, England, and moved to Canada in 1958. A versatile artist, Neil is at home with a wide range of subject matter. In his earlier days, he painted in a renaissance style of the great masters, and was an accomplished portraitist. However his unique ability to capture wildlife in its natural habitat soon made him one of the most sought-after wildlife artists in North America.

ROBIN BURGESSE

Robin was born in Arvida, Quebec, but spent much of his life in the Pembroke area. At the age of 18, he began his career as a professional artist when he was commissioned to paint a billboard for Renfrew County Coach Lines. After a stint in Toronto, Ontario, he returned to Pembroke and worked as a designer for Eddy Match and for Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. Generally self-taught, Robin returned to school in his early thirties to study art and graduated with honours.

CRAIG CAMPBELL

Craig, a resident of Perth, Ontario, is internationally known for his realistic paintings of Canada, especially for a series of paintings of Ontario railroad stations and steam engines; in fact, his first job after graduating from high school was as an office boy for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Campbell has won 22 artistic merit awards over the years: his paintings are in great demand by galleries, corporations, and private collectors.

RANDY CHESTER

Randy was born in Germany in 1956 and attended Concordia University, where he obtained a degree in Fine Arts. His first mural was in Montreal, on a building since demolished, but he has done other murals in Quebec City, Quebec and St. Foy, Quebec. He uses all art forms and media in his works. Randy lives in Pembroke and is a teacher`s aide and art teacher in nearby Chapeau, Quebec.

ROBERT GARNEAU

Rob Garneau is Pembroke Heritage Murals' youngest artist, born in 1970. He attended high school in Kapuskasing, Ontario and Pembroke, and he is currently enrolled in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. The first mural he painted depicted four sports scenes for a sports bar in Pembroke. Rob assisted mural artist Robin Burgesse in 1990, and he worked with Pierre Hardy in 1991 before undertaking his own mural in the same year.

PIERRE HARDY

Pierre was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1961 and studied Fine Arts at the University of Quebec in Hull, Quebec. After painting his first mural in his parents' basement, Pierre has continued to paint murals full-time since 1984 and has over 40 murals to his credit. He has created murals on walls, on panels, out of tiles, and in other media and has won the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award for figurative painting two years in a row.

Visit his website at www.hardyart.com

DAVID YEATMAN

David was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario and now lives in Aylmer, Quebec. He started his artistic career in the newspaper business as an advertising artist. David is currently painting murals across Canada, and most recently completed work for a large restaurant chain.

JOHN ELLENBERGER

John was born in Renfrew, Ontario but moved away at a young age because of his father's military career. He returned to this area for high school. John attended Sheridan College in Oakville and graduated from a commercial arts course at Assinaboine College in Manitoba. A multi-media artist, John has produced many award-winning products. He is now co-owner of Little John's Custom Painting in Garson, Ontario

MARILLYN SAFFERY

Marillyn Saffery was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1970. She and her family eventually settled in Micksburg, Ontario (near Cobden). She studied fine arts in Johannesburg at the University of the Witwatersrand, and much later studied Art Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in London. Marillyn has created indoor and outdoor murals and also does mural restoration work. She has taught art, enjoys designing and painting theatre sets for local productions, paints, and has a private art therapy practice.

KAROLE MAROIS

A graduate of Toronto's Ontario College of Art and Design, Karole Marois continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence Italy, where she was particularly inspired by the expression of the human spirit in the art of the Renaissance. Several exhibitions of her figurative artwork have highlighted her interest in painting people, and Karole has numerous commissions to her credit, in particular historical murals painted for Parks Canada and the National Museums. She is currently living in Prince Edward County, Ontario. www.karolem.com

  
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