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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

Robert Francis Michael McInnis
Robert McInnis was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1942. After receiving a Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts in 1961, he spent five years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a photographer. "It was the nearest to making pictures I can do and still earn a living in those days" Thus began a career of traveling and painting.

McInnis worked as a photographer, reporter, and graphic illustrator before turning to art full time in the early 1970's. He has lived and painted in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. These experiences have provided McInnis an opportunity to get to know the history, the people, the terrain, and the art scene of most of Canada.

During his stay in Calgary in the late 1970's, he was commissioned to do portraits of the leaders of the Progressive Conservative Party which currently hang in the National Headquarters building in Ottawa. After moving to Ottawa in the early 1980's, "Steel and Steam" was published. This was a limited edition 'livre d'artiste' containing eight railway related serigraphs with text by Pierre Berton to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the CPR's last spike.

His interest in the small towns and open vistas of the Western Prairies led McInnis back to Alberta in the late 1980's where he painted. He then moved to Manitoba where he presently resides.

The paintings of Robert McInnis are represented in numerous corporate, private and public collections throughout Canada.