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Artist Toni Onley identified as plane crash victim


March 3, 2004

March 1, 2004
VANCOUVER (CP) - Toni Onley, a famed West Coast painter who combined his art with a love of flying, has died after crashing his floatplane into the Fraser River.
Onley, 75, was a renowned watercolourist, an Order of Canada recipient known for his moody, expressionist landscapes of the West Coast.
"His contribution was to create this kind of very good technique of British watercolour that he has in fact transformed for his own end," said Denise Leclerc, associate curator of modern Canadian art at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Born in Douglas, Isle of Man, England, Norman Antony (Toni) Onley first studied under local landscape water colourist John Nicholson and at the Douglas School of Fine Arts.
He came to Canada in 1948, first living in Brantford, Ont., and working at a variety of jobs to support his first wife and two daughters.
- Steve Mertl, Global BC, CP
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