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Phil Clark

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Geraldine (Gerry), Mike
1939 - 1954
First farm on the right, after the bridge.
My mother inherited the property from an aunt. Bom in Vancouver, Phil moved with his family to the farm on Westham Island in Ladner in 1939. The farm was a dairy farm with six cows, two horses (which Phil rode daily) and an assortment of ducks, chickens and rabbits. At 14, as the elder son of a single parent family, Phil took care of the farm. During the summer he worked for other farmers helping with the harvest of pea and oat crops. He joined the Canadian army 'in 1945 and after demobilization, attended Faulkner-Smith School of Art -in Vancouver from 1946 through 1948. As an illustrator for 35 years in Vernon, Vancouver, Toronto and Penticton, Phil did commercial work for many clients, among whom were: Imperial, Chevron and Blue Sky oil companies, CP and PWA Airlines, Greyhound, Labatts, Wisers, Molsons, GM, IBM and Olympia York Developments. Editorial illustration included work for Chatelaine and Star Weekly. Work in the Okanagan included book covers and illustration for Wood Lake Books: 'The Adventurers, written by Diane Forrest 'No Small Legacy' the story of Mother Teresa' In 1981 a series of western historical figures were completed for Bill Barlee's Canada Illustrated magazine and were included 'in 'Gold" exhibition in the National Exhibition Centre in Kelowna, BC. Phil now lives on the boundary of Penticton, BC, a few hours drive from his cowboy subjects. He rode with the crews 2 or 3 times a year, mostly at Douglas Lake Ranch, but is no longer able to take the long hours in the saddle.

Flooded any number of times. The road from the bridge was built up to compensate for the constant high water level. I was also assistant bridge tender with Jesse James (actually Frank).

Went to art school while still living there, then 35 years as a commercial artist, over a dozen years of that time in Toronto. Glad to escape the place.
Watercolours by Phil Clark
Roundup at Nicola
The Lady of the Lake
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