Artist Ross Buckland

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  I was born in Calgary Alberta in April1958. My father’s job involved some transfers so I moved often as a child, with the family finally settling in Ontario. While growing up I would visit my grandparents in Calgary during summer holidays. There I was able to enjoy the Stampede, went once to a horse camp in the Alberta foothills, and a few times fishing in the Okanogan. Mostly I was happy to be “out west”. Getting there meant the excitement of a 4 hr. flight from Toronto so an early interest in flying began.
     Building plastic models and drawing airplanes became primary pastime activities and when old enough, I began flying lessons. Eventually, with an aviation career in mind I moved to Calgary to teach flying and build hours towards an airline job. In the early 80’s though the job market for pilots was at the bottom of its cycle and a diagnosis of mild colourblindness seemed to end such aspirations. I got a real job working on the ground with a major airline which provided a steady paycheque and the ability to travel but it forced a move back to Ontario. Drawing of course continued and I started to play with watercolors and acrylics encouraged by family, friends and people in the aviation industry who actually wanted to pay money for my paintings.
    With no formal art training except for high school art classes, I learned by studying the work of artists whose paintings I liked. Books and magazines featuring the work of  Frank Wootton, Keith Ferris, R.G. Smith and others became my text books. I would visit the Air and Space Museum in Washington to see their paintings and try to learn from the real thing. Their books remain as valuable treasures to me and I still refer to [...]

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