Q + A: Printmaker Dan Quinton on Confidence, the Canadian Landscape, and the Future of PosterBoy

Dan Quinton

When I first met Dan Quinton, founder of the Halifax-based printmaking company PosterBoy, we were both in our early 20s and living in Victoria. Dan was a painter in the process of immigrating to Canada from England. I was a waitress embarking on a writing degree. He and his partner Robbie loved to cook and invited me over for many dinners, during which I’d ask Dan to show me whatever new piece of art he was working on.

So when he launched PosterBoy last year, I checked out the site, fell in love with this screen print, and immediately ordered it. (It’s now displayed on my dresser.) I also asked Dan if he would be open to an interview on the blog, and here we are!

You might gather this from our conversation below, but let me reiterate that Dan is one of the most gentle, humble, and witty people I know, not to mention talented. I’m so happy to share a little of his creative process and artwork with all of you.

Q + A

What’s your earliest memory of feeling a connection to art?

I have always had an interest in art as long as I can remember. Even back to being a little toddler I recall enjoying doodling and colouring with wax crayons. My mother always encouraged me to explore my artistic interests as it runs in my family. My grandfather in particular was a source of inspiration, as he always had a few creative projects on the go at once. I remember a feeling of wonder whenever I was allowed to go up to his loft where he would sketch out his designs!


You’re originally from England, and studied graphic design there before immigrating to Canada in 2003. You’ve lived in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, and Halifax. In what ways has the Canadian landscape and culture influenced your work?  Continue reading

Q + A: Writer + Filmmaker Garfield Lindsay Miller on Motivation, Filming the Dalai Lama, and What Scares Him

Garfield Lindsay Miller

Photo credit: Sioux Bonderove


After taking a History of World Cinema class at Wesleyan—a small liberal arts college in Conneticut—when he was 20, Garfield Lindsay Miller began to experience film as an art form.  This discovery led him to Sweden, England, and Morocco, where he worked on student films assisting with everything from moving equipment to shooting and production management.

Later torn between the pursuit of a law degree or becoming a storyteller (a decision he considers one of the most difficult of his life), Garfield chose film—a path that has brought him a Gemini nomination and the Wilber and Silver Chris Awards for the documentary The Fires That Burn, a TIFF premiere and AIFF award for the feature film A Stone’s Throw, a meeting with the Dalai Lama at his compound in Dharamsala, and most recently, a stint in the Writer’s room for Bitten—an upcoming werewolf-themed TV series.  He still wonders if he made the right choice.

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