In the late 1970’s Tony was contracted by the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, to prepare a series of discussion
based presentations on the history of art as part of their ongoing
“in-house” educational program.
Specifically aimed at a group of designers working towards certification
in set-design, it’s free-wheeling exchange of ideas and
opinions revealed Tony’s flexibility and innate sense of
humour. He continued to be one of their lecturers until the "Institute
of Sceneography" was incorporated into Ryerson University
in the 1980’s.
He was then asked to do a number of other presentations for community
groups, cultural organizations and post secondary educational
bodies. Unwittingly he had embarked on a second career.
Over the decades he has developed a number of researched illustrated
presentations on such topics as...
“perspective and its development and use in western art”
“the ten most influential artists of the nineteenth century”
“the CSPWC’s Royal Collection Project, phases 1, 2,
“the great style periods in western art”
“watercolour painting and its development in the western
“watercolour painting and its development in Canada”
“the artist and the sketch book”
This last presentation resulted in him being asked to submit
a synopsis of his own sketch book experiences for inclusion in
the book “Work Small,
Learn Big” which was published in 2003.
His talks on the development of watercolour painting have proven
to be a staple of many symposiums. Given that many artists, professional
and amateur, working in the medium know very little about the
history of the material or of the great masterpieces that have
utilized watercolour, Tony’s talk is frequently a revelation
for the audience and has often been used as the introductory evening’s
His involvement with the CSPCW’s Royal Collections Project
since its inception has garnered him many invitations to talk
about this ongoing endeavour and has, since 1984, been one of
his most frequently requested presentations. It is a story about
the difficulties of working with major galleries and government
agencies and of the funny, accidental incidents that beset the
best laid plans. It is also the story of making new international
friends and of how important it is to be ready to think on one’s
feet and be ready to adapt to change.