For many budding artists, the anticipation of Big Al’s praise shone as brightly as the star on his Stetson hat.
In 1968, at seven years of age, I was accidentally admonished by Big Al, host of the daily “Big Al’s Cartoon Capers” television show on CKCO-TV Kitchener ; holding my free-hand drawn Minnie Mouse portrait up to the camera, Big Al cautioned his viewers “Remember kids, DON’T TRACE!”
Undeterred, I submitted a portrait of my baby sister to the Miss Dorothy’s “Sunshine School” television show and won first prize*, a picnic basket full of Gerber’s baby food.
I still find reward and purpose as an artist.
*Please explore the Art > Paintings menus above for more of my work in various media. Some sections are works-in-progress and we’re filling the site with new work and treasures all the time, so come back soon.