Andrew James McKay
I’d come across James at some point during the time I’d first maintained a studio in Kitchener, Ontario. It seemed an unlikely event insofar as despite knowing he was a painter he was also known to be elusive. And not just for the sake of it either, but rather because he was probably busy painting. Later, I would drop in from time to time to see him at his Ontario Street studio. He is pictured in what was his favourite sweater before it had been reduced to rags, wearing-out over the years. People who know him remarked that he didn’t look quite as stern as I’d painted him, but characteristically James noted that he was just happy his favorite sweater had been so memorialized.
– Andrew James McKay