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Donald Cameron MacKay (1906-1979)
A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Donald MacKay attended a number of arts schools: the Nova Scotia College of Art, Chelsea Polytechnic, where he studied under P.H. Jowett and Graham Sutherland, the Académie Colarossi in Paris, and the University of Toronto where he took courses from Arthur Lismer. He later became a professor at the Northern Vocational School in Toronto, and a special lecturer in the Department of Fine Art at Dalhousie University.

He was made a lieutenant on September 5th, 1939 when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax. He was an official war artist from July 1943 to July 1944. During that time, he painted on Newfoundland’s east coast. He was demobilized in September 1945.

He was named director of the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1951. He died in Halifax in 1979.

Lieutenant Donald Cameron MacKay in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
 December 1943. 

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