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Robert David Symons - Countryman

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Robert David Symons - Countryman: Artist, Writer, Naturalist, Rancher

Written by Terry Fenton

Paperback - 8" x 10" - 124 pages - 2013 - published by Moose Jaw Art Museum and Gallery and Hagios Press.

R.D. Symons was a cultural giant and this book presents his life and art for a new generation of readers. Featuring an illuminating essay on Symons' life and art practice by esteemed curator and painter Terry Fenton, Countryman also features over thirty exceptional Symons watercolours. As an artist, Symons worked primarily on paper, and frequently in watercolours, drawing upon direct observation and a prodigious visual memory. Home schooled in an artistic family in England, Symons emigrated to Canada at the age of sixteen to work as a cowboy in Southwest Saskatchewan. Increasingly appreciated as an artist, Countryman presents a comprehensive view of one of Western Canada's most gifted painters of watercolours. Countryman portrays an artist and writer who was deeply devoted to the Canadian West throughout his adventurous and well documented life. R.D. Symons greatly influenced many contemporary nature writers, including award-winning Saskatchewan authors, Trevor Herriot and Candace Savage. Trevor Herriot contributes an insightful introduction.

ISBN 9781927516034

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