Local fans of his work may know him best for ‘The Broken Snare’, an illustration of family life in Fort St. John, but his stories of Western Canada stretch as far as Saskatchewan, where he spent a portion of his life as a game warden.
Symons was born in England, 1898, and immigrated to Canada in 1914 at the age of 16 to follow his dreams of becoming a cowboy on a ranch. During the First World War, he served in the 217th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Saskatchewan. Once completing his service, he spent his days writing books, painting large murals, working with horses and advocating for the conservation of nature.
Symons eventually died in 1973 after long battle with leukemia.
Heather Smith of the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is the curator of this exhibition, running at the North Peace Museum from June 6 – September 24.
For more information contact the Fort St. John North Peace Museum at 250-787-0430, or visit their website at www.fsjmuseum.com.