The previous months have flown by including a move back to the west coast in Victoria in May, 2022. Friends back east have been roasting me about the very cool belated spring here as they bask in summer-like temperatures. I have kept in regular touch with the staff at the John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville with plans to reappraise their collection that was last done by me in 2008. Just this past week I had 3 requests from Belleville, Ontario - one for a book that's going back to that city, another for information about the sale of a MacDonald painting that was bought personally from Manly many years ago, and the third one involved asking my advice on a classic summer landscape that had just been bought by a city resident. It seems no matter how far away you move from the Quinte region, the Manly MacDonald aura happily follows. Please note my new contact information. Also note that we have no sets of Seasonal Card left for sale.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022
If previous moves weren't enough, it seemed another move was in store for me with my history as a nomad. In April of 2021, I moved back to Port Hope for the third time. I had previously moved from the lovely town of Cobourg with its beautiful beach to Bath, Ontario, on Lake Ontario. In many ways, this current move to Port Hope is like coming home - again and again.
I was born in Kingston, grew up in Napanee, and spent many years in that area. My maternal family were UEL Loyalists, settling in nearby at Adolphustown. In the early 1970s, I lived in Picton and travelled across the Glenora Ferry to Queen's University for my first degree. I would later move to Ottawa and finish the BA at Carleton; the B Ed at the University of Ottawa, and so on. Napanee is also where I met Manly MacDonald as a young boy.
This was a new website in 2008 and while it has been an exciting transition for a writer, it needs to be updated from time to time. In fact, it was almost lost by a host company this January, but luckily was retrieved by Tom Ashcroft, the original web designer at RevueDesign in Belleville and just restored in all its form. It generated early on and continues to assist with feedback for Manly Edward MacDonald - Interpreter of Old Ontario. It is perhaps the aftermath of its publication that has been as rewarding as the book itself. Since 2008 and continuing today, the book has sold over 1,300 copies. This I'm told is rare for a first publication and a book of its value. I added a PayPal account in 2015 and this has made buying the book sometimes easier. Connections continue with updates from people who have bought a Manly at auction and/or would like an appraisal for one. This feedback and support is humbling. A highlight of the general public's information about Manly MacDonald came about when a film vignette that was sponsored by the Belleville Public Library and the John M. Parrott Gallery was produced by Peter Lockyer of History Lives Here to be launch in the near future. And, of course, there's our free 'The Life & Times of Manly MacDonald' on Youtube. * See the Manly MacDonald page for a direct link.
This website has a continuing further aim. Since my retirement, or rather in the next phase of my working life, I have been writing and providing writing services. Beginning years ago, the writing bug metamorphosed into a freelance career for me in newspapers and magazines. The book developed partly out of that work and also from a boyhood experience having met Manly E. MacDonald, the painter. While living in Napanee, I wrote for both the Napanee Guide and then the esteemed Napanee Beaver. Since moving to Cobourg in 2014, I wrote a column, firstly for Northumberland News and Northumberland Today. Presently, I work with individuals seeking an appraisal of his paintings, and auction houses in Toronto.
Check out the site:
About will provide you with my educational and related experience and credentials
Services explains what my background and what I can offer you
- The Manly MacDonald page provides the background about this painter, his art, the book, and how to contact me.
Looking forward to hearing from you for any number of reasons...