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Susan Mertens

Susan Mertens was born in Toronto and educated at the universities of Carleton, Guelph and British Columbia in Canada, and the University of Cambridge, England, in philosophy. She was a senior arts critic for twelve years with the Vancouver Sun, and it was early in this role when she first encountered Jack Shadbolt and his paintings.

For twenty-five years she and Shadbolt enjoyed a professional friendship “talking aesthetics.” She recalls: “Jack always said he had no small talk but he had a marathon stamina for meaningful art talk.”

Mertens lives in Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada. The research and writing of this book were facilitated by a Doris and Jack Shadbolt Fellowship at Simon Fraser University.

Jack Shadbolt