Andy Donato was born in 1937 in Scarborough. After graduating from Danforth Tech in 1955 he worked as a layout artist for Eatons. He joined the Toronto Telegram a year later as a freelance artist. In 1971, he joined The Toronto Sun. In 1974, he started cartooning full-time, as editorial cartoonist, as well as the Art Director. In 1993, he was appointed Corporate Art Director. He is still the main cartoonist for the Sun but on a freelance basis.
Andy has received many awards and accolades including the National Newspaper Award in 1976 for editorial cartooning, Best Editorial Cartoon in the World from the Montreal Salon of Cartoons, the Metropolitan Toronto Police Annual News Award for Cartooning in 1993 & 1997. In 1985 & 1986, Andy served as President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and in 2000 -2001 was President of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists.
Andy has had one-man exhibitions in Toronto, London, New York and Johannesburg which have included his paintings from 1965 to present.
“Bent Realism” is Andy’s newest style, which includes paintings from neighbourhoods in Toronto, and places visited such as the streets of Italy.
Dianne Jackson fell in love with watercolour over 35 years ago when she first saw the paintings of Canadian artist Marjory Piggott. Upon learning the artist had studied Sumie – the art of Japanese brush painting; Dianne embarked on a three year course at the Japanese Cultural Centre. She submitted her test piece to Japan and was awarded the coveted seal.
Dianne uses lyrical brush strokes in her paintings resulting in serene landscapes and captivating florals. Her first solo show in 1980 was all but a sell-out. She and husband Andy Donato, also a fine artist, enjoy travelling and this has resulted in further successful shows. Dianne has become more interested in painting in acrylics and more recently, has stretched her horizons to include experimental work using fabric, threads, gold leaf, textured papers, Spanish moss and other found objects resulting in bold abstract work.
Dianne is a member of the Beach Guild of Fine Art and the Scarborough Art Guild.