Vernon MiletteBlind Artist
Born and raised in Stonycreek, Ontario, I discovered my artistic inclinations at an early age. By seventh grade, I was enrolled in private art lessons. In high school, I was offered the opportunity to participate in a “ship school” program run out of the UK. After finishing an art and architectural tour of London, we headed to the port of Dover for a three month ocean cruise, during which we stopped in all major European cities to examine architecture, art and ancient works. The adventure concluded with a tour of Egypt.
Upon my return to Canada I had established in my own mind that art was my following and enrolled myself in Ontario College of Art and Design. During my tenure at the Ontario College of Art I was also fortunate to participate in summer classes at Banff School of Fine Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York. During my time at OCA I was also social convener and ran the Beaux-Arts ball for the college. I also worked as a DJ part time through my entire career while I was in college.
Upon graduation from OCA I was hired as the interior designer for the house of Viking in Scarborough Ontario. My career at this point was varied. I painted primarily abstract works playing with light and colour.
I followed a job opportunity to Calgary Alberta in 1970 at that time I became involved with some people in the music industry and opened a nightclub called the Marquis Club in Calgary Alberta. After four years in Calgary I returned to Toronto to take over the running of A and A records in Sherway Gardens. I continued painting on consignment and for family and friends to keep my skills fresh.
Having discovered that it was pretty good at business I had a few other opportunities present themselves to me which also included Director of Operations for Dollar Rent-A-Car Canada. I took early retirement when Dollar merged with Thrifty and started a landscape design company – Innervisions Landscaping.
When I lost my sight at age 52, I did not pick up a paintbrush for 10 years. Now I have found new inspiration and I am compiling a series of works of abstracts, which are tactile as well as visually interesting.
The pieces on display represent on a portion of the body of work involved in each series. There are four series, each has a uniquely different abstract theme.