Don Graves spent his youth in music and ended up pursuing conducting and voice as a career while nurturing a passion for painting. After acquiring a degree in Music from McGill University, time spent in an orchestra pit led him to a 28-year career at Sheridan College in Oakville, co-founding their internationally renowned Music Theatre School and later becoming their Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He then served as the Dean of Arts at George Brown College. For the past 20 years Don has been a professional landscape artist in oils.
“Singing, conducting, writing and painting are not as disparate as you might think. There is rhythm on a canvas: colour on a page, water reacts to rocks, fields to trees and the land to the sky. This is storytelling: Write a good story, paint a good story, take people somewhere they might not have been before; engage their desire to enter the painting and you’ve triggered their pursuit for more.”