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Biography of Canadian Artist / Painter Bruce R. T. Hakli  b.f.a.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1944, I grew into life under the progressive atmosphere that filled
life in Post-War 2 North America. My appetite and enthusiasm for life soon found focus in my art and
a distinctive talent was clearly identified, as voiced by friends, family and teachers by age six.

Art became a growing preoccupation, ever increasing  through my early school years and a major
subject by secondary school level.

Although I was born in Eastern Canada, very early after the WW 2, the family moved to Northern Ontario
and so, while growing up in then, Port Arthur and Fort William, (now)collectively known as Thunder Bay)
some of the strongest influences for subject matter came from nature there: the great Lake Superior,
rugged Precambrian shield, pine forests and the vast lake and river terrain of North Western Ontario.

Those powerful surroundings imbedded lifelong loves and elements that would appear in my
artworks throughout  life and in the present.

Adulthood and the pursuit of further artistic development led me to earning the Degree of Bachelor of
FineArts, at the University of Calgary in 1972, where I Majored in Fine Art Printmaking. This choice
allowed me to build on my drawing strength, while allowing further development and option of
working with color. I was clear in wanting to 'save' my painting from formal training,
choosing rather, to allow it's development to mature more naturally over time.

Professionally, I've functioned  in the realms of Signage Design and Illustration, Commercial Interior
Design, Television studio graphics, Advertising agency art works, Architectural Design / Illustration
and now have applied my talents and experience to the realm of Digital Computer based Art /
Illustration / Web based Design and Creation. Since official retirement, I have been applying
past experience and  acquired skills to both Computer Art Works and Real Life Painting
with Acrylics and Oil Paints.

As well, in the past, I had acted as Sessional Illustration Instructor for a Kwantlen College  Interior
Design program for a number of years in Vancouver / Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
These professional functions and activities led him to work in many city centers throughout
Western Canada where my art vision expanded with knowledge and experience and where
my Fine Art Works, drawings and paintings for the most part,  were shown sold
both privately and publicly.

During recent years I've resided in West Kelowna, British Columbia, here in the 'Sunny Okanagan
Valley' where my art work continues. Although married twice, I remain a single man, a past
rated commercial level pilot and  have traveled in Africa, the Middle East and Britain.

Perhaps this supplementary information will explain to some extent the wide range of works presented,
the subjects portrayed and the range of styles from illustrative to more painterly impressions I display
and make available to purchase as original Art Works, or as Full Color Printable Download Files.


Canadian Artist / Painter / Designer Bruce R. T. Hakli  b.f.a.

To contact me: bruce@artisthakli.com

(250) 769-0225

Commissions Welcome !


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  by Bruce R.T. Hakli (b.f.a.) All rights reserved.