A.J. VanDrie, drawing inspiration from the energy of nature, a first nations cultual heritage and his own life experiences, creates brilliant acrylic paintings of landscapes and animals in a style broadly known as “Woodland Art”.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, A.J.’s biological father belonged to Saugeen First Nation and his mother was Irish Canadian. Adopted at a young age, A.J. was raised by his current and dependent family in the Northumberland Hills, east of Toronto, where he received support and encouragement to explore his heritage and express his creative nature.
After graduating from the Haliburton School of the Arts with a Drawing and Painting Certificate, A.J. opened his studio in Codrington, Ontario. His artworks have been displayed in the Art Gallery of Northumberland’s 5th and 9th Annual Student Art Exhibitions, as well as Haliburton School of the Arts Annual Student Art Show and Sale, and at a number of private/public exhibitions throughout the region.
ARTIST’s WEBSITE: www.ajvandrie.ca
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