Originally expecting to enter art school at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, circumstances resulted in Art ending up with his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, N.B. Canada in 1961. He carried out graduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec for 3 years, taught at McGill, the University of Victoria, and the University of New Brunswick before establishing a biological supply and consulting business in Charlotte County, N.B. in 1964 and aquaculture companies at Deer Island, N.B. and Eastport, Maine in 1979 and 1980, respectively. His professional work has taken him to the United States, Canada, Norway, Thailand, and India.
Art has an extensive background in publishing, printing, graphic design and display construction. Involvement in this field was through an in-house print shop operated during the 70s and 80s. He has been primarily involved in this field since 1987. He is a graphic designer, artist and commercial illustrator. He has sold numerous paintings and illustrations and has works in many private collections. He has donated works to Ducks Unlimited, the New Brunswick Conservation Council and others.