A Scottish born Canadian, I spent my first two years in Glasgow. My late Mother was a well-respected nurse. My Father was a ambulance driver WWII Scottish Guard, truck driver, Teamsters Union Stewart, and at age 82, just passed his current drivers exam. I have a sister and two brothers.
In my childhood I demonstrated a strong focus on art. I won the Art award upon completing grade 8. In High School my work in pen and ink was chosen for most of the yearbook title pages. As a teenager I was employed in my first art-related jobs, such as sign painter, window display, and portrait artist.
My twenties were spent traveling extensively around the world visiting archeological sites. I funded these adventures by working seasonally as a Trainman for the Canadian National Railway. I held the highest mark in my class, and received zero demerits during my CNR career.
In my mid twenties I became obsessed with music. It was my dream to create my own vision of music recording them one by one. I continued to fund my artistic education, attending the Victoria College of Art, BC. and various other courses and schools. I also entered myself into a government apprenticeship program and was trained as a goldsmith.
My interest in painting, sculpture, and music combined with my love of nature found a home in Alberta's Environmental Protection. Midway into my thirties I was employed as a Lookout Tower man, climbing hundred-foot steel towers in the mountains of Alberta. My keen eyesight and diligent commitment to forest protection saved the province tens of millions of dollars that might have been lost to wildfire. I spent seven days a week, 24 hours a day, no days off, no days sick, five months a year on top of a mountain, for a full decade. One year I was also employed as Initial Attack, the crew that helicopters into a forest fire first to battle the flames.
During much of this period my winter home was Calgary. Some of what I was able to give back to this great city is as follows:
Soloist (baritone and soprano sax) Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary Center for the performing Arts with the Montreal Dance Troupe, "La, La, La Human Steps". Martys Cafe Mural " Man and Music" Swednsens Pianos Mural, 160 feet of surrealistic piano, this mural still stands today, 20 years later. Countless clubs dates performing with some of Alberta's great musicians.
In my early 40s, I teamed up with my beautiful and talented partner, Wendy Louise Morrison. Together through hard work, we have realized our dream of becoming farmers. We purchased a large acreage of raw land in the foothills of Central Alberta, drilled a well, brought on power, gas and telephone and moved a cozy house in Calgary. We have professionally replaced all the plumbing and wireing in this well built 1960s house. I built a sunroom and had a huge deck built onto with west side of our house. I learned to fix and maintain our tractor, agricultural equipment and vehicles. I operated the farm equipment, direct seeding our hay fields and pasture, producing organic square bales, free pesticides and chemical fertilizers. I educated myself in organic production and was successful in improving our soil through crop rotation and good management. We have also worked hard to protect the forests wetlands, and streams that make up half of our land. I have also learned to be a cowboy, being responsible for ranchers cows during the summer months.
Although I am totally obscure hermit, I have managed to front musical groups in the past few years locally in such venues as: Glennifer Lake Clubhouse, Sylvan Lake Golf and Country Club, Red Deers Mayors Luncheon two years in a row, The Arrington, Red Deer, The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever, Red Deer.
During my late forties I took up teaching Art and music through neighborhood places and schools. I found I had a talent for instruction and am presently employed regularly as an independent contractor to Red Deer Culture.
This last summer's 2007 accomplishments included; selling all of our square bales, completing a reinterpretation of the twelfth century fresco of St. Francis of Assisi, including the 23 karat gold leafing and cracks in the paint. This was commissioned by the Friends of the Franciscans. Riding my bicycle solo with 50 lbs of gear from the Saskatchewan River Crossing in the ice fields to near the US boarder then west to Grand Forks B.C. in just 6 days. I did this just before my 53 birthday.
Today with five CD's now published, where I have played all the instruments, I have a strong vision for the future!
Press Coverage& Artwork of Ron Halliday
Self Portrait 1975
Tower Portrait 1983
Pencil Drawing of Charley Mingus
Thelonious Monk Painting with gold leaf
Pencil drawing of Billy Holiday
Pharaoh Sanders brown ink drawing
Pat Metheny portriat brown ink
Fats Navaro brown ink brown ink
Wooden mask in progress
Marty's Mural " Man and Music" 40' x 15'
by Ron Halliday
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