Canadian artist Ian Ridpath grew up in Toronto in a family of artists and artisans. He began charcoal and pen and ink sketching in his school years and then followed his father's coaching in turning to oils. Several years ago an older brother further encouraged him to delve deeper into oils and mentored him by example.
Because of his love for the Group of Seven he has followed this style of impressionism and has produced several 'impressions-of-the-Group' as well as many of his own subjects. His love of the Canadian landscape has been a major influence in his choice of subject.
Locally, Ian has been invited on more than one occasion to take part in the 'Through the Eyes of an Artist' week held each August at the Mountsberg Conservation Area and loves capturing the area in oils.
He participates in many other local art shows including the annual "Heart to Hand", the Milton Farmer's Market and the annual North Halton "Studio Tour"
Ian has been displaying many of his works in the AM (Arts Milton) Gallery in the Milton Mall and has a permenant display at the gallery upstairs at the Harrop Restaurant where he paints most weekends.