Ian McKinnon is a Halifax based artist and educator. He has a BFA from NSCAD (1980) and a MFA from Concordia (1994.) A part-time faculty member, Ian has taught drawing at NSCADU in the Foundation Division since 2003. After course work at the Atlantic School of Theology (2005/6) Ian transferred to the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College (University of Toronto) where he completed a Master of Theology Studies (2011). His thesis, “Mutual Illumination and the Artist: Dispossession, Disinterested Love and Making Other” is an exploration of and argument for the necessity of theology and contemporary art entering a dialogue. In 2011 Ian resumed his part- time teaching at NSCADU. March 2014 he became Parish Artist-in- Residence at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Halifax, Nova Scotia) where besides pursuing his own work in a studio graciously provided by the church, he has also established an exhibition program within the church itself In the past months Ian has been immersed in a new and large cycle of paintings he calls “The Parish House Series.”