Inspired by John McCrae’s writings and sketches, practice the longstanding tradition of combining writing and visual art into evocative, thought-provoking tributes during this fun, exploratory workshop. Write, sketch, and leave with a keepsake or two.
All experience levels welcome.
Rob O’Flanagan is a writer, visual artist and award-winning journalist.
He grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, where he studied history, literature and art.
A reporter, columnist and photojournalist for over 20 years, Rob won a number of Ontario Newspaper Awards in a host of categories and a National Newspaper Award as part of three-person team. He worked for daily newspapers in Sudbury and Guelph during his career, covered all major beats and produced weekly columns and investigative features.
He is the author of the Blown Kiss Collection, a volume of short fiction, and co-author of Open Up the Sky: A Poetic Conversation. He has been a featured poet at a number of community events and has exhibited his paintings widely. He also sings and plays guitar in the local open mic scene.
Rob lives in Guelph and shares a Crimea Street painting studio with his wife, Valerie Senyk. A lover of the outdoors, he is a canoeist, kayaker, hiker and cyclist, and packs drawing materials, camera and notebook on all of his solo adventures.