ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kent Wilkens was born
in Nottingham, England, while his father was stationed there with
the RCAF. The family then moved to back to Ontario where Kent
spent most of his childhood and teens.
Since early childhood Kent was interested in drawing and
painting, dabbling in charcoal, pastels, oils, etc., trying his
hand at everything from psychedelic and abstract to portraits.
The seventies saw his interests in the arts fade as
his major passion was taken up by motocross racing. After working
in the oilfields of Alberta, Kent then moved to Southern
California, where he pursued a career in home remodeling, design
and drafting, and then owned and operated a used Christian
bookstore until 1986.
On returning to Ontario, he soon regained his
interest in painting. 1988 was the first year his works were
offered for sale. In the spring of 1990 he released his first
limited edition print, and to date has published over eighty
reproductions of his original paintings.
Kent, Rachael and their children reside at the Gallery in
Tobermory. The kids continue to be a great asset working in the
store and helping with shows, when they're not at
school! Time will tell if any of them follow in their
Kent realized early on that he would not be known for
the number of paintings but for the best paintings he did, so he
continues chasing that "smile on the Mona Lisa" looking for that
special something that sets the work apart.
He looks at each of his paintings as a challenge, “to
attempt to present what God has already painted, using His palette
of light, on the canvas of His Creation.”
Link to News article on the
artists adventures while
painting the mural
ABOUT HIS WORK
ABOUT HIS LIMITED EDITION PRINTS