A creative fit of
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.