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Wesley was born in Toronto, where he spent most of his life. As a young man he attended evening courses at The Toronto College of Art and at Central Tech in Toronto. These were the two schools where he received his basic art training.

He began his career as a commercial artist in studios located in Toronto and was employed there for many years. Then Wesley's art interests lead to a different path, that of a freelance illustrator. For over thirty years as an illustrator he created art for numerous publishing companies in Canada, the United States and Europe. These included the National Geographic, Harlequin books, and Bantam Books who were among the many publishers in addition to the various advertising agencies who used his work. Much of the artwork created for these companies involved historical subjects either marine, aviation, military or archaeological in nature.

Wesley's greatest passion is for painting marine and historical subjects and he devotes most of his time to these. His medium of choice is oil, used on linen canvas or panels which he prepares.

He has exhibited his work at the Toronto Harbour Authority building, Sears Canada main lobby, Scarborough library's main branch, Gibson's Landing art gallery, Simuflite Centre at Dallas Fortworth Airport, and most recently Shearwater Aviation Museum.

 

USS Atlanta under attack
Oil 30" x 18"
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HMS Hood
Oil 36" x 24"
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Disaster at Bari Harbour
Acrylic 20" x 30"
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The Arundel Castle, Capetown
Oil 24" x 30"
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Untitled
Acrylic 20" x 30"
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Captains Courageous
Acrylic 20" x 30"
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