W. Allan Hancock

Then 12-year-old W. Allan Hancock received a paint-by-numbers kit in 1980. It was a gift from his grandparents. Allan latched on, but it wasn't to the templated scene inside the kit. He latched onto just the paints, which he used for creations all his own. His choice of subject-matter was the wildlife that he had held in awe for as long as he could remember.

Art had always been - and remains - his great calling. His parents remember a little boy sprawled out on the floor, drawing and colouring for hours on end. In high school, it was art-related classes which earned him a place (his only place!) on the Honour Roll. In university, though, art-related studies were unfulfilling, a sure sign that the formal, academic side of art wasn't in his wheelhouse.

On the practical side, Allan gained his first career foothold in art by accepting a job with a greeting card company in 1989. He painted watercolours of wildlife, 9-to-5 in a commercial studio space. It was glorious, but the company folded a few years later. Allan turned to full-time shift work at Robin Hood Flour Mill where he had previously worked summers. During that period, he was painting part-time and achieving sales at a Saskatoon gallery. He also succeeded in having pieces selected for limited edition prints released by Ducks Unlimited Canada and other organizations.

Satisfaction with the Robin Hood job dwindled as public interest in his artwork increased, so in 1995 Allan decided to forsake the steady paycheque and to pursue art full-time. He sold his house and car and moved to Vancouver Island, pulled by its abundance of art festivals and wildlife. He reasoned that down the road, he would rather say "I gave it my best shot" than regret the path not taken.

He has never looked back. In forging his own unique approach over the years, Allan feels gratitude for many fellow artists. Especially important in his childhood were Glen Loates and Leon Parson, the latter featured in his grandfather’s Field & Stream magazines. During his youth, Robert Bateman, Fenwick Lansdowne, Roger Tory Peterson and George McLean figured large. In adulthood, it was Ray Harris Ching and Gustave Caillebotte.
32 X 28 in. - $5,895.00
W. Allan Hancock artwork 'WIRED - EUROPEAN STARLINGS' at Canada House Gallery
W. Allan Hancock artwork 'WILD ROSE CALLING - RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD' at Canada House Gallery
20 X 24 in. - $3,940.00
W. Allan Hancock artwork 'DINNER THEATRE - HOUSE SPARROW' at Canada House Gallery
W. Allan Hancock artwork 'A LITTLE ON THE SHADY SIDE - RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH' at Canada House Gallery
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