A cre­ative fit of

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ell-known Cana­dian sports artist Tony Har­ris didn’t set out to be an artist, but af­ter one look at his stun­ning, vividly re­al­is­tic paint­ings, it’s hard to imag­ine that he’d be bet­ter suited to an­other call­ing. In ret­ro­spect, Tony re­al­izes the seeds of his ca­reer were planted at young age. “As a kid I never saw my fu­ture as be­ing an artist,” he says, “but look­ing back I spent all my free time draw­ing pic­tures of goalies and quar­ter­backs in my note­books when I should have been learn­ing about who in­vaded Poland!”

The sports as­pect of his life, on the other hand, has al­ways been front and cen­ter. A one-time OHL goalie and All-Cana­dian quar­ter­back, Tony has al­ways been in­volved in ath­let­ics. It is his love of golf, how­ever, that re­ally thrust him onto the arts scene.

“I was teach­ing at Lower Canada Col­lege and do­ing art on the side when I was ap­proached by an art agent to paint a paint­ing of the Royal Mon­treal Golf Club,” says the four-hand­i­cap golfer. “Sev­eral golf clubs later I knew it was time to take the leap of faith and pur­sue art full time.

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