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Born in Toronto in 1954, Douglas Edwards became aquainted with Creemore's rural vistas as a teenager, when his parents bought a farm there. In tune with the big sky and rolling hills of the area from the outset, he would later return to it as a painter, making the Creemore landscape his principal artistic subject.
After three years of classical training in figure portraiture at the Ontario College of Art, Edwards spent his fourth and final year of study in Florence, Italy.
"It just seemed natural," says Edwards, "to go back to Creemore to expand the work I had begun on skyscapes in Florence." What followed has become Edwards' career. In 1981, he began to paint the skies of Creemore in the morning, in the evening, in full day; sky in all weather and in all seasons of the year. Gradually, he began to include light's impact on the land in his painting. Edwards would mirror the clouds he created in the sky. Then came water and land together and finally, fully realized, sky, water and land working in unison under the influence of light, sometimes with the shadows of clouds drifting over the land, until it all came together.Within a year of returning to his roots, Edwards held his first solo show in Creemore, followed by two more exhibitions in 1983 and 1984. These days, after winning first prize in the 1992 Toronto Harbour In Art Show, he teaches two courses on art at a community college, rents out part of his Toronto house and makes his living painting. In short, Edwards is in full stride as an artist and his work is more than in demand.
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