Canadian landscape artist, Don Graves, spent his youth in music and ended up pursuing, conducting and singing 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.”
Don has been exhibiting his paintings at Artfest now for three years and we welcome him back to Artfest Toronto with open arms! His work is detailed and represents Canadian landscapes in the most pristine and realistic way. His vibrant artword reveals the bonds linking brush and baton, colour, sound and storytelling. Learn all about the beauty of our Canadian landscapes through his meticulous talent of catching the reality of our land. You'll find his work showcased at Artfest Toronto this upcoming Labour Day long weekend, from Sept 2nd to 5th.