A BRIEF PROFILE
Ontario, Canada, K0L
tel: (705) 656-9387
(picture shows me at about age 48 in
front of major painting, I am now 69)
Toronto. After early interest in linguistics, language and architecture
I settled on building and civil engineering. Graduated
1974 in Applied Science and Engineering. However. originally
pursued art from a very young age, including in young peoples'
courses at the Ontario College of Art (Saturday morning program for
high school students), and in my own pursuit and self-education. My art
is profiled in the part of this website entitled artography.
In spite of proceeding into civil-engineering and planning from
university, I continued a parallel pursuit of art, extending it into
graphic and website design. I learned website coding - both html and
interest in archeology and linguistics in connection with the
relatively unstudied Finno-Ugric peoples. Since the subjects I was
interested were not
standard, I pursued self-education
through books,.experience, and recently through internet resources. I
research and write on whatever interests me. Learning and discovering
is an ongoing purpose in life - as can be seen in all the writings
posted on this website.
Experience1: Self-Study, Self-Employed
Pursuits: Since teenage years emulated and pursued various areas
of art - storytelling with comic forms, writing stories, graphic
art, cartooning, portrait art, animal art. After making some
money here and there in these pursuits when still living at home, it
had to be put aside while studying for more secure professional career.
Thus years passed while I studied engineering and applied science, and
then spent a decade as a professional year. But I gradually returned to
the themes of my original pursuits and it manifested as a return to
traditional painting art (fulltime between 1985 and recently which can
be found on this website), explorations of internet design included
some paid projects (but mostly working on my own websites), digital
commercial art and creativity, and a continuation of the
storytelling, where I have only recently decided to take the
storytelling to published form.
Experience 2: Professional Employment.
Graduating in Civil Engineering, I had a sequence of jobs, from summer
work in Planning, to contracts lasting a couple years with Park
Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources, Building Science, University
of Toronto, Urban Planning Consultant Firm, etc. Since I decided
not to return to a formal employment situation when I became a fulltime
artist around 1985, I will not describe any of these positions. It is
enough to say I worked as a civil engineer and planner, and acquired
Professional Engineer qualifications in Province of Ontario. The
Engineering and Applied Science education and experience gave me the
ability to research and write scholarly documents, such as those placed
on this website.
Experience 3: Academic Pursuits. Learned
to write while working in engineering, and in the creation of websites.
In parallel to conventional work and study, I pursued
investigations into a theory I had regarding the evolution and
expansion of boat-oriented hunter-gatherers out of the flooded lands in
the wake of the retreat of the Ice Age. These people were the ultimate
origins of the Finno-Ugric hunting-gathering tribes across northern
Europe. But I theorized that the boat peoples expanded to the White Sea
and the arctic waters of Norway, south to the British Isles, across to
Greenland and arctic North America, proven by strange coincidences in
culture and language. See on this website the section "UIRALA".
When I came to trying to determine what became of the original boat
peoples of northcentral continental Europe, I discovered the historic
people called Veneti/Eneti, and then that the Adriatic Venetic colonies
were the sources of Baltic amber to Greece. This lead me to the ancient
Venetic inscriptions and wondering if they would turn out to be Finnic.
Indeed it is very logical that the long distance traders-shippers of
continental Europe would have come from the Finnic boat peoples, as
they were pre-adapted to the job. My writings about it in pdf documents
are given in the menu and also at academia.edu under 'APaabo'. Two of
my papers have been published in Fenno-Ugristica,
a journal of the University of Tartu. I have however not been pursuing
publishing beyond publishing on my website. I have not scholarly
ambitions. I pursue knowledge just for my own discovery and education.
2015 (c) A. Pääbo.