|Wine Educator Mark Davidson |
of Wine Australia USA
Mark Davidson - Born in
London, raised in , Mark has been a Canadian resident since 1985. He has over twenty five years experience in the hotel and restaurant business, fifteen of those as a Sommelier. Sydney
In 1990, Mark was named Best French Wine and Spirit Sommelier in
and in 2001 he was named Sommelier of the Year by the British Columbia Restaurant and Food Service Association. British Columbia,
As a Department Head and instructor with the International Sommelier Guild, he is instrumental in the ongoing development of the curriculum and has taught classes in
Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and . Las Vegas
Mark is currently the Market Development Manager for Wine Australia USA, conducting education seminars for Sommeliers, retailers and distributors. In addition, he does a weekly radio wine review on CKNW, and developed a wine education and restaurant etiquette course for the SFU Global Asset and Wealth Management MBA program.
|Artist Don Hatfield|
When Hatfield met the renowned artist Charles Cross, he then discovered his ability to paint. Cross was impressed with Don's "innate color sense" that was displayed in the soft pastel colors of his oil paintings. Cross encouraged Don to pursue his talents by becoming his protégé.
Two years of study with Cross was not enough to convince Don to focus all of his energy on the world of art; he abandoned his short career in art to pursue a career in ministry. However, his desire to become an artist was too strong to ignore. In 1979, on the advice of the premier portrait painter Ray Kinstler, Hatfield moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to pursue painting once again.
Hatfield eventually moved back to Los Angeles to fulfill his creative potential under the master tutelage of Sergei Bongart, who had a tremendous influence on him. "He was a wonderful presence," Don says' "a great teacher." It was during this time with Bongart that Don diligently worked and perfected his style that we recognize today.
In his development as an artist, Don had the added influence of modern cinematic interpretation. Affected by the new mastery of color on film, in advertising and television, he felt a need for a more intoxicating light, another dimension to the beach attraction. Seeking a truth in the paint itself. He documented that fleeting essence of the tender, the humorous, the enchantment of a special moment in time. This unique impressionistic style has brought him great acclaim in the art world, as well as a solid artistic identity of his own.
Hatfield says he is preoccupied with the effect of light on form. The beach, with all the purity of its light on sand, water and figures, is a frequent setting for his stories; and his paintings are stories. "On the beach," Hatfield says, "the viewer is given enough space to have his own reaction."
Don Hatfield's one-of-a-kind impressionism has earned him great acclaim in the art world.
Don's paintings hang in many important private and corporate collections throughout the world.