Jack Phalen, was born and raised on a farm just outside Shaunavon, Saskatchewan by his mom Mildred. Jack’s characters are inspired by the many gophers he and his six siblings frequently saw scurrying about as children.
As a boy, Jack always enjoyed drawing, painting and observing the prairie wildlife. He hasn’t changed much; Jack still enjoys capturing wildlife through the arts and he shares this passion with others. Jack offers art classes to aspiring artists from 2 to 99 years old.
Jack has worked with students from grades K to 12 for 35 years. Now in his retirement, he plans to publish a series of ‘Gilly the Gopher’ stories.
Jack lives in Prince Albert, with his wife Cheryl of 40 years. Together they raised three children: Chris, Amy and Anne. Jack and Cheryl have six grandchildren.
Jack still enjoys teaching in the classroom on a casual basis and the students enjoy hearing about Gilly’s adventures.