Gerald Ferguson

Just last Wednesday, while gamely painting a demonstration self-portrait, I shared with my students how this exercise had been designed by my teacher, mentor and friend, the artist Gerald Ferguson. I had been his Teaching Assistant at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and had, with his blessing, imported the course to Guelph when I took a job there. He must have made a hundred of these demonstration self-portraits over the years, each one with his intense eyes glaring out from the masonite panel.…