William Ernest Brown

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William Ernest Brown was born on Cape Breton Island in the North Atlantic off the coast of Canada. His mother's family were Huguenots who were granted land in Nova Scotia by King George III in 1755. On his father's side, he is the nine-times great-grandson of the first book publisher in Norway, where the family home is now a museum.

Brown learned to draw from his mother who would work beside him as a baby and then hand him the pencil and paper to try. As a young child his talents were noted by the nuns at the local convent school and they arranged for him to take lessons there on Saturday mornings. The order of nuns had been founded in the 17th. Century by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, and Brown recently repaid his debt to them by donating his painting of the saint for the altar of the main Roman Catholic church on the island. He also created an eight foot bronze monument to the first settlers "Land of our Own" which sits at the entrance to the Sydney cruise-ship terminal.

About workingAfter high school, sensing that the trendy art being promoted at the time was not for him, he gave up art and went into business - ending up in Beverly Hills, California - headquarters of what became his 31-shop international chain of high-end stationery and invitation design shops with a world-wide clientele.

Brown sold his business several years ago, and finally was able to devote his time to art. He uses a studio in Carrara, Italy for marble sculpture, and one in Miami for his work in bronze. He has exhibited at the National Sculpture Society in New York, Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, has had a one-man show at the Museo Civico del Marmo in Carrara which was followed by the Chemin des Arts, a travelling show in France. His works has also been shown at commercial galleries in Beverly Hills and Carrara.