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 Dad's footsteps.   
   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


KentWilken@aol.com


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