Richard A Jacobson
Richard was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. As a young man he was always writing stories and sketching so it was a natural outcome that at 18 years of age he decided to pursue art as a serious career.
He moved to Calgary and enrolled in the Alberta College of art where he graduated from the Visual Communications program with honors. Armed with a new job as art director, illustrator and production head with Business Life magazine, he proceeded to move to Toronto when the magazine decided to relocate.
Rick has worked as an illustrator, painter, writer, and designer. As an illustrator he painted the trillium for the Ontario driver’s license, the leaf for the Air Canada as well as 19 children’s books.
Rick has written and published 3 children’s books winning several awards including The Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon’s award gold medal and the Ruth Schwartz award.
As a painter he has painted portraits of David Thomson, Margaret Atwood , Robertson Davies, Sir Christopher Ondaatje, Bill gates Senior and Sir Richard Francis Burton (permanent collection of the Royal Geographical Society in London England).
He has been featured in Smithsonian and Applied arts magazine as well as The Artist’s Magazine.
Rick continues to live in Toronto.
Selected Commissioned Portraits
Bill Gates Senior
Sir Richard Francis Burton
Government of France
Royal Geographical Society
The Thomson Family
The Bronfman Family
1978 – 1982 Alberta College of Art Calgary, Alberta – Graduated With Honours
Lecturing regularly on the instruction of art to children for adult educational institutes:
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Calgary Board of Education
The Canadian Library Association and schools.
From 2003 to 2010 taught extended art program at Branksome Hall School For Girls.