My name is Benjamin Goward, and I am a painter. I am 32 years old and I studied art over a span of 6 years at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. I received my BFA degree in June of 2009. Since then I have been swept off to Alberta and Saskatchewan, drilling for oil to pay off loans, start new ones, and now paying those new ones off. It kind of makes me think “D’Oh!” out loud. Oh well.
I am still doing art, so that is good. Now I want to get better at sharing my art, and the stories that go with each piece, hence the website.
I married my wife Leah on the first day of winter, December 21, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Yes, it was planned. No, no one else was there. Yes, we bought a time share. Yes, I’m an idiot. Not because of getting married, but the time share. My wife is great. She is an RN and she loves me very much. So much that she moved to Lloydminster to be with me while I work on the rigs. It’s too bad I was laid off for over a year almost immediately after she arrived. She got to see the worst, most depressed, lazy part of me. Fortunately, I am back at work now, still playing soccer. Oh yeah, I like soccer. played it all my life, too. So things are improving.
I was born and grew up in Kelowna, BC. Then I grew up some more when I went to the rigs (after art school). I have 3 older brothers, no sisters – except the ones that married my brothers.