Saskatoon visual artist and singer/songwriter Colin Farnan, who created the striking work “The Dance” that is the Sask. Artists of Ability logo and brand, has been making art for as long as he can remember. “There was never any question that I would be an artist”, says Farnan, whose family always supported his love of art.
Colin has a BA in Studio Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, and has accepted commissions for a variety of commercial and public works, including murals at the Capitol Club and on the corner of 20th Street and Avenue E in Saskatoon.
At age 12, due to osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, Colin’s left leg was amputated above the knee. Always athletic, he became involved in competitive swimming, and competed on behalf of Canada in Paralympic Games in both Seoul and Barcelona. When a shoulder injury interrupted his swimming career, he turned to Wheelchair Basketball, playing for around ten years.
A lifetime advocate and positive voice regarding disability issues, for the last year and a half, Colin has worked with SCI Saskatchewan as a Client Service Coordinator. He says that while his art is not necessarily focused on disability, everything in his life has been shaped by disability, which definitely shows up in his artwork.