About the Artist:
Although R.D. Lawrence has passed on his wife, Sharon Lawrence, is a retired educator, who specialized in Early Childhood Education, and Visual Arts Programs. She taught in Toronto and the Yukon Territory. Sharon is a painter, weaver, interior designer / colourist, photographer, writer, dietician and textile artist. She also operated an "Artisan's Market" for Ontario artists. In 1984 Sharon and her late husband, R.D. Lawrence, field-biologist, journalist, naturalist and international writer established a private sanctuary in Haliburton County where they raised injured and orphanded wildlife, for more than 20 years. Animal guests included wolves, cougars, foxes, raccoons, mink, beavers, porcupines, skunks, and a plethora of other two and four legged visitors. Ron & Sharon were also instrumental in the formation of the Haliburton Wolf Centre. Sharon assisted Ron in his wildlife research, documented data, proofed his writings, photographed, traveled, did book promotion, prepared all animal food and ran the sanctuary when Ron was absent.
About His Art:
R.D. Lawrence died November 27, 2003. In 2006 Sharon gave the literary estate, personal belongings and memorabilia of R.D. Lawrence to the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. These artifacts have formed the foundation of what is now known as R.D. Lawrence Place. It is dedicated to fostering a love of reading, promoting the art of writing while deepening one's respect for Canada's Natural Heritage. Sharon has written script and done voice over for two short documentaries which are shown in the building and she continues to write script for visual programs, which can be viewed at the centre as well.
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