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The Mentor Hall of Fame


Virtually anyone can benefit from having a mentor. And most well-known, accomplished and successful artists can identify people in their lives who acted as mentors.

The following list of mentor pairs was compiled by Rey Carr from a variety of sources including autobiographies, biographies, newspaper articles, personal interviews, and diligent historical research.

If you know of mentor pairs that ought to be added, we have provided an opportunity for you to submit the names and details: Add a Mentor Pair.



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  • Celia Laighton Thaxter (poet) mentor to Childe Hassam (American impressionist, 1859-1935, paintings)
  • Benjamin West (historical painter Bio) mentor to Washington Allston (artist, poet)

  • Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), American artist Works) was a mentor to Georgia O'Keeffe (American painter Bio) and photographer Arnold Newman.


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  • Norman Rockwell (illustrator and painter, biography) mentor to John Cullen Murphy (wrote the Prince Valiant comic strip for 33 years)
  • Claude Monet (French painter, 1840-1926, Bio) was a mentor to Lilla Cabot Perry (American artist, 1848-1933, Bio)

  • William Gillies (landscape artist) mentor to Elizabeth Blackadder (contemporary painter)

  • Lawren Harris (Canadian Group of Seven) mentor to Thomas John Thomson (Canadian Group of Seven) and Emily Carr (Canadian artist)

  • Arthur Lismer (Canadian painter) mentor to Isabel McLaughlin (painter)

  • André Breton (Surrealist, Bio), Alfred Pellan (Canadian painter, Bio and work) mentors to Mimi Parent (Canadian Surrealist painter, Bio)

  • Pegi Nichol MacLeod (Canadian painter, Bio) mentored by Marius Barbeau (Anthropologist, Bio) and Maud and Eric Brown (Director of the National Gallery of Canada)

  • Canadian painter Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) mentor to Molly Lamb Bobak (!920-2014; illustrator, and first female war artist) and Kazumi Kawaguchi (Canadian muralist and painter)

  • James Orrock mentor to William Hesketh Lever (18th century British painter)

  • Joseph Pennell (art teacher) mentor to Charles Henry White (Canadian-born painter-etcher of American cities)

  • Arshile Gorky (American painter) mentor to Willem de Kooning (American abstract expressionist painter)

  • Willem de Kooning (abstract impressionist painter) mentor to Robert Rauschenberg (modern painter)

  • Peter Pauwel Rubens (17th century Flemish master) mentor to David Teniers (Flemish painter) and x Velásquez (Spanish painter)

  • Mexican artist and muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was a mentor to Utah-born muralist Pablo Higgens (1904-1983).

  • Andrea del Verrocchio (painter, bio) mentor to Leonardo da Vinci

  • Leonardo da Vinci mentor to Raphael Sanzio (painter, Bio and work)

  • Diederik Tulp (17th century physician) mentor to Paulus Potter (17th century painter)

  • George III mentor to John Hoppner (English portrait painter)

  • Lorenzo de' Medici mentor to Luigi Pulci (Italian poet)

  • Cosimo de' Medici mentor to Benedetto Varchi (Italian poet and historian)

  • Gustavus III mentor to Carl Michael Bellman (18th century Swedish poet)

  • Paul Verlain (French poet) mentor to Arthur Rimbaud (French poet)

  • Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (known as "Colette") (1873-1954) was a mentor to French writer Georges Simenon (1903-1989)

  • William Dean Howells (American novelist and former editor of The Atlantic Monthly) mentor to Henry James (brother of William James and American novelist), Mark Twain, Thorstein Veblen and Stephen Crane

  • Ed Ricketts mentor to John Steinbeck

  • H.L. Mencken (Bio) mentor to William Manchester (author and historian)

  • Robert Penn Warren (writer) mentor to Larry Leavitt (friend of Rey Carr)

  • Sammy Sampas mentor to Jack Kerouac

  • Dashiel Hammett (writer Bio) mentor to Lillian Hellman (writer, Bio)

  • Arthur Krock (editor) mentor to James Reston (Pulitzer Prize author and writer)

  • Hermann Hesse mentor to Hans Carossa (German poet and novelist)

  • The W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize is awarded annually to an author that demonstrates both excellence and mentorship in writing

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson mentor to Henry David Thoreau, Charles Ives (composer), and Daniel Chester French (sculptor and creator of the Lincoln Memorial)

  • Henry David Thoreau mentor to Stephanie Mills (author, Epicurean Delight)

  • Walter Ufer (Taos artist) mentor to Carl Woolsey (artist)

  • G.H. Lewes mentor to George Eliot (English novelist)

  • When you visit Philadelphia, take a trip to Mentor Street near the Greenmount Cemetery

  • Stella Linden (actress) mentor to John Osborne (British playwright and film producer)

  • James Lind (British doctor created cure for scurvy) mentor to Percy Bysshe Shelley (British poet, Bio)

  • George William Russell (poet) mentor to Pamela Lyndon Travers (creator of Mary Poppins)

  • Franz Boas (anthropologist) mentor to Margaret Mead (anthropologist)

  • Margaret Mead (anthropologist) mentor to Gail Sheehy (writer)

  • Frank Sargeson (New Zealand writer) mentor to Janet Frame (New Zealand novelist) and Maurice Duggan

  • H.P. Lovecraft mentor to Robert Bloch (writer of the screenplay Psycho) and August Derleth (American author and editor)

  • Virgilio Pinera (Cuban dramatist) mentor to Reinaldo Arenas (Cuban writer, author of Before Night Falls)

  • Gloria Steinem, author, political activist and women's advocate is a mentor to American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz.

  • Colombian novelist, screenwriter and Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Márquez (1927-2014) called American author and Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner (1897-1962) and journalist and scholar Clemente Manuel Zabala (1889-1963) his mentors.

  • Jorge Luis Borges, a poet and author, (1899-1986) was mentored by Spanish poet, literary critic and essayist Rafael Cansinos-Asséns (1882-1964) and Argentine writer, humorist and philosopher Macedeonio Fernández (1874-1952) and was a mentor to Argentine poet Norah Lange (1905-1972)

  • Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016) acted as a mentor for many other artists.

  • Argentine writer Macedonio Fernandez (1874-1952) was a mentor to award-winning writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1996).

  • Composer Wlliam Flanagan (1923-1969), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music, was a mentor to Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright Edward Albee (1928-2016).

  • Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright Edward Albee (1928-2016) is a mentor to American playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno.

  • Canadian Aboriginal artist, educator and political activist Alex Janvier, often referred to as "an original member of the Native Group of Seven," has been called a giant of his time and has served as a major influence and mentor to a new generation of Aboriginal artists.

  • Award-winning Canadian poet and founder of the Edmonton Poetry Festival Alice Major has been described as an inspiration to other writers and a mentor to literary and arts organizations.

  • Canadian visual artist Cris Cran, and the first Albertan to have his work shown in the National Gallery of Canada, is known to be a mentor to emerging artists in Calgary.

  • Canadian artist and musician with a degree in early childhood education Bob Turner (1944-2017) was a described as a person who had a "sense of humour that would have made a middle schooler wince" was also known as a mentor for other artists.

  • Acclaimed and internationally recognized multi-media, visual annd installation artist as well as writer, Joane Cardinal-Schubert is known as a mentor and advocate for Indigenous art.

  • A Protege Award has been established on behalf of Toronto-born Canadian artist and filmmaker Joyce Wieland (1930-1998) and recipients play a mentorship role and are given an opportunity to create a work of art. Ms. Wieland was a mentor to artist Munro Ferguson.

  • Holland-born Canadian artist Albert Franck (1899-1973) was a mentor to Toronto-born Canadian artist and a founding member of eh Abstract Expressionists group Painters Eleven, Harold Town (1924-1990).

  • Award-winning Saskatchewan-born Canadian literary giant, short story writer, and author of No Great Mischief Alistair MacLeod (1936-2014) was descibed as a mentor by other writers, served as a mentor at Humber School for Writers, and was the inspiration of the development of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program for developing writers in Nova Scotia.

  • Canadian shipyard founder and owner, engineer and author Arthur McLaren (1919-1999) is a mentor to award-winning Canadian master model boat builder Ron Burchett.

  • Hong Kong-born Canadian editor, poet, photographer, activist and founder of Ricepaper magazine Jim Wong-Chu (1949-2017) was according to obituary writer Tom Hawthorn, a "tireless promoter of Asian-Canadian writing" and that his "greatest influence was as a mentor to other storytellers."

  • Dallas, Texas-born Canadian American children's book author Janet Lunn (1928-2017) was, according to co-author Christoper Moore, former chair of the Writer's Union of Canada, "was a model of what a Canadian writer should be. She was righteous and full of imagination and empathy, and brave as a lion. She became an inspiration and mentor to many other writers..."

  • Award-winning American writer William Kittridge is a mentor to New York-born author and journalist William Finnegan, the author of Barbarian Days, the Pulitizer Prize winner for autobiography and a memoir of his surfing days; and American journalist and author Bryan DiSalvatore, the author of A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward.

  • California surfer and physician Mark "Doc" Renneker is a mentor to author and New York-born author and journalist William Finnegan, the author of Barbarian Days, the Pulitizer Prize winner for autobiography and a memoir of his surfing days.

  • Award-winning American Disney "imagineer," author, Cast Member and the man most responsible for bringing Disney's theme parks to life, Martin Sklar (1934-2017) was a mentor to Walt Disney (1901-1966). Mr. Sklar and his wife were two of the founders of the Ryman Program for Young Artists, a project set up by a nonprofit foundation to teach and mentor traditional drawing and painting skills to talented young artists in Southern California.

  • NY Times journalist, media columnist and media teacher David Carr (1957-2015) is a mentor to NY Times tech columnist Nick Bilton and author of American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road. Mr. Bilton said of his late mentor, "David taught me so much about journalism and storytelling ('Keep typing until it turns into writing'), and I'll be forever grateful for the years I got to spend with him." Others David Carr mentored provide details about the lessons they learned from their mentor in this article by Mikaela Lefrak in The Atlantic.

  • Amereican book publisher Matthew Shear (1955-2013) is a mentor to NY Times best-selling and award-winning California-born American lawyer and author Kristin Hannah.

  • Award-winning British author, editor, soldier, poet and science fiction novelist who wrote more than 100 books, Brian Aldiss (1925-2017); and British author of fantasy novels Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) were mentors to British writer of novels and comic books Neil Gaiman.

  • German-born university professor who specialized in Native American and Native Canadian studies, Hartmut Lutz is a mentor to writer Kerstin Knopf, the author of Decolonizing the Lens of Power: Indigenous Films in North America.

  • American journal publisher, coach and scholar Russ Volckmann (1936-2017) is a mentor to journal editor and scholar Eric Reynolds.

  • Ontario-born award-winning Canadian poet and novelist, university professor, and leader of residential poetry workshops at the Banff Centre Don Coles (1927-2017) is a mentor to many other writers including American-born Canadian poet, playwright Giller Prize winning novelist Michael Redhill and Ontario-born Canadian hockey legend, politician, businessman, lawyer and officer of the Order of Canada Ken Dryden. Mr. Redhill said of his mentor, "He gave me the courage to try to be better. What he said to me about my young poems, face to face, and later in life, the many different conversations and e-mails I had with him that sent me running to the bookshelf or the bookstore. The depth of his knowledge, and the certainty he held in the importance of poetry, excited my intellect every time I encountered him." And Mr. Dryden said his mentor "made me feel that what I was trying to do was worthwhile, I had no critical eye-no idea what was good and what wasn't. He made me believe that no matter how ragged my work, there was something there. That I was getting there and would get there."

  • Oregon-born Canadian business journalist, editor and publisher, member of the Order of Canada and university journalism professor Doreen McKenzie Sanders (1921-2017) was described as a "mentor, role model and cheerleader for generations of women who came after." She was the first woman to serve as president of the Business Press Editors Association and a board member of the Canadian Business Press Association. After her retirement she created "Women in the Lead," an organization that published a national directory of Canadian women whose professional expertise and experience made them top candidates for appointments to corporate boards. One of the women she mentored, Carine MacDonald, a former elected political minister in British Columbia, said of her mentor, "I continued to value her as a mentor, now with sharper elbows, honed by impatience. Over lunches near her home in Vancouver, the new elderly Doreen provided provocative, challenging and insightful feedback on my leadership. She always expected the best and she always expected more." Another woman she mentored, investment specialist Mary Lamont said, "she was my mentor since the age of 12...She mentored and encouraged me then and throughout the six decades that we were friends."

  • Retired CBC Radio host Rick Cluff is a mentor to CBC producer Theresa Duvall, who said, "He's a mentor when you need him to be a mentor; he's a shoulder to lean on and cry on when you need that as well. He's the person to rally the team and to make us all burst out laughing when we need a good laugh. I laugh everyday at work and he's a huge part of that."

  • Canadian co-founder of a publishing house, an early champion of Canadian writers, the co-founder of the first all-Canadian book-of-the-month club, and a writer of several non-fiction historical books Carol Martin is revered as a mentor and has been elevated to the Companion of the Order of Canada.

  • Award-winning Vancouver-based Canadian playwright Marcus Youssef is a mentor to actor, playwright and dramaturg Christine Quintana.

  • Toronto-born illustrator and painter Jack Bush (1909-1977) was mentored by New York-born American art critic Clement Greenberg (1909-1994).

  • British-born Canadian poet, novelist and logger Peter Trower (1930-2017) was described in his obituary as "a mentor to street poets, including Evelyn Lau, a drug-addicted, teenaged prostitute whose work deeply impressed him. He put her in touch with book agent Denise Bukowski, and Ms. Lau's Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid launched a notable literary career."

  • French-born humanist photographer, who pioneered candid and street photography Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was a mentor to Shanghai-born British-Canadian photographer Sam Tata (1911-2005). Mr. Tata learned from his mentor: "I do not believe in the 'machine gun technique' – shooting aimlessly – where you might come up with a few worthwhile shots. It is necessary that you familiarize yourself with the event in advance, find out what, how and where it will happen. Be informed about your subject and be alive to what is happening. Above all, learn to 'feel' with the event and learn to observe and to see."

  • Canadian photojournalists Bil Lingard and Cliff Buckman were mentors to Toronto-born award-winning photographer known as "the father of Canadian photojournalism" and one of the first photographers to use 35mm film Ted Grant.

  • Alert Bay, British Columbia-born Musqueam artist, a majory contributor to Coast Salish peoples art and an Officer of the Order of Canada Susan Point said in an interview: "My elders were my main guides and mentors — particularly my uncle, Dominic Point, and my mother, Edna Grant-Point. As well, there was Michael Kew at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Peter McNair at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, and Bill Holmes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, all of whom are now retired."

  • Toronto-born, award-winning Canadian painter and designer A.J. Casson (1898-1992) was mentored by The Group of Seven, only to later escape their influence in order to develop his own art.

  • The New Generation Photography Award is provided by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada and awards young Canadians a cash prize, a chance to exhibit their work and mentoring by curators and production staff at the Canadian Photography Institute.

  • South African born Canadian photographer Jennifer Dickson devotes "a generour portion of her time mentoring young artists..."

  • Award-winning Victoria, BC-based, Prussia-born Expressionist painter, printmaker and sculptor Herbert Siebner (1925-2003), a founding member of the Society of Limners; Calgary, Alberta-born Canadian architect and Expressionist painter Maxwell Bates (1906-1980), a prisoner of the Germans throughout WWII; German expressionist painter Max Beckmann (1884-1950); Vienna-born, Canadian artistRichard Ciccimarra (1924-1973), who at one time was married to environmental advocate and author Vicky Husband and committed suicide during a trip to Greece; and British-born Canadian painter Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) were all mentors to award-winning Canadian artist Michael Morris, who recalled that while at art school in Vancouver, BC, Mr. Shadbolt "sat him down and said, 'You've got some talent, but you've had this influence of all these Europeans such as Siebner and Ciccimarra. They all had to learn how to be Canadian. Forget everything they ever taught you." Morris ignored this advice.

  • French writer, poet, anti-fascist and founder of Surrealism André Breton (1896-1966) was a mentor to Quebec-born Canadian Surrealist sculptor Jean Benoît (1922-2010).

  • Jean Sutherland Boggs (1922-2014), former Director of the National Gallery of Canada, was a mentor to Lori Pauli, now Curator of Photographs. Ms. Pauli was a young Master's student when Ms. Boggs hired her for the team preparing the Degas exhibition. Ms. Pauli said, "She was a real mentor to all of us. In fact three of the handpicked curators working on the 'Degas team' — Henri Loyrette, Douglas Druick and Gary Tinterow — have gone on to become directors of major international art museums. It's a wonderful inheritance they gained from her."

  • One of Canada's foremost modernist painters Montreal-born James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924) was at one-time while living in France, mentored by French landscape painter Henri Harpignies (1819-1916).

  • Award-winning, Hamilton, Ontario-born artist and photographer Margaret Watkins (1884-1969) was mentored by Clarence White (- 1925). The website of the National Gallery of Canada says, "Towards the end of her life, Watkins — tight-lipped about her past as a photographer — handed a sealed box containing all her photographs to her neighbour Joseph Mulholland, with strict instructions to open it only after her death. During his last visits, Mulholland found her constantly listening to classical radio. Watkins died in November 1969, leaving most of her estate to music charities. It is only since Mulholland started exhibiting her works himself that this important Canadian photographer has come to the attention of institutions such as the Gallery, finally receiving her due with a major exhibition."

  • Austrian modernist composer and painter Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was a mentor to Austrian artist and "psychologically insightfu"l portrait painter Richard Gerstl (1883-1908), who killed himself he had an affair with his mentor's wife.

  • Award-winning, Missouri-born American science fiction novelist Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) was a mentor to Louisiana-born science fiction novelist and computer advice columnist Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017).

  • Aspen, Colorado-born The New Yorker magazine founder, journalist and managing editor Harold Ross (1892-1951); and Chicago-born American magazine editor William Shawn (1907-1992), who succeeded Mr. Ross, were mentors to New York-born innovative American journalist Lillian Ross (1918-2017). Mr. Ross once said, "Editing is the same as quarrelling with writers - the same thing exactly."

  • Chinese video artist Zhang Peili is a mentor to Chinese video artist Kan Xuan.

  • German-born American artist and educator Joseph Albers (1888-1976), American designer, author and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), and American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) were mentors to California-born American sculptor Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), who started learning art while living in internment camps (because her Japanese immigrant parents has been interned) in California and Arkansas and has many public projects in San Francisco and other museums.

  • Austrian-born American psychiatrist and neurologist Viktor Frankl (1905-1997), the author of Man's Search for Meaning and a Holocaust survivor was a mentor to Auschwitz survivor and therapist Edith Eva Eger, the author of The Choice: Embrace the Possible..

  • Art collector and media mogul S.I. Newhouse (1927-2017) was a mentor to art adviser and former auctioneer Tobias Meyer.

  • Multi-award winning American psychotherapist, syndicated columnist and author of The Happy Couple: How to Make Happiness a Habit One Little Loving Thing at a Time Barton Goldsmith calls American psychiatrist, author, businessman and media personality Dr. David Viscott (1938-1996) his mentor.

  • New York City-born fashion photographer and WWII freelance photographer Toni Frissell (1907-1988), who created the idea of posing models wearing evening gowns out-of-doors, rather than inside studios, was a mentor to New Jersey-born advertising designer and leading fashion photographer Virignia Thoren (1920-2017).

  • Teen Vogue final editor in chief of the print version Elaine Welteroth is a mentor to Teen Vogue columnist, blogger and writer Arabelle Sicardi.

  • Austrian symbolist painter Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) was a mentor to Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918).

  • Prize-winning Tennessee-born poet, educator and literary critic John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974), known as a mentor to a generation of students, and Michigan-born American poet and Pulitizer Prize-winner Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) were mentors to Ohio-born, Pulitizer-Prize-winning American poet James Wright (1927-1980). Mr. Wright's son, Franz Wright (1953-2015) also won the Pulitizer Prize for poetry.

  • Idaho-born Canadian sculptor Frances Loring (1887-1968), who created some of Canada's most famous public figure sculptures; and Illinois-born Canadian sculptor and designer Florence Wyle (1881-1968) were mentors to Windsor, Ontario-born sculptor and artist Frances Gage (1924-2017), the creator of the first statue to commemorate Canada's servicewoman, Jenny Wren, commissioned by the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (known as the Wrens), and who worked secretly during WWII intercepting enemy code from submarine and maritime communications.

  • Russian-born American educator, author, columnist and journalist Max Lerner (1902-1992) was a mentor to magazine publisher and Illinois-born American businessman Hugh Hefner (1926-2017) who was considered a mentor to San Diego, California-born American television personality, model, author and businesswoman Kendra Wilkinson and Illinois-born American actress, model, author, screenwriter and TV host Jenny McCarthy.

  • German sculptor Auguste Rodin was a mentor to poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who in turn was a mentor to the young poet Franz Kappus as despicted in his work, Letters to a Young Poet. Rilke's biographer, Rachel Corbett, told the CBC that Rilke's quest to find a mentor started with him throughly researching Rodin; then meeting him in his studio where he gained permission to shadow the sculptor. "He wanted someone who had a work ethic to live by—not just a talent to learn from, but a way of living to learn from. He found that in Rodin, because Rodin was utterly disciplined. At the time, Rilke was thinking of art as a really big thing. He was thinking too big, too broad. He was looking at love and death, and he was coming out of the German Romantic tradition, which is big and sentimental. He was trying too hard, and his early poems are really gushy love poems that are a bit embarrassing, really. Rodin made equally big work, but that's not how he started. He started with a fingertip, then a finger, then a hand, and the meaning came later. The meaning came out of the doing. Rodin taught Rilke to start small, to start with an object and observe it and then as you build upon it, art results."

  • Orilla, Ontario-born Canadian artist, industrial designer and co-founder and member of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael (1890-1945) was a mentor to Winnipeg-born Academy Award winning Canadian animator Grant Munro (1923-2017).

  • Los Angeles-born and Los Angeles radio legend Cliff Winston (1954-2017) was a mentor to Michael Stradford, who said of his mentor, "It was a privilege to work with Cliff, who always kept us laughing, and stayed positive during times when he probably shouldn't have. He was a great support to me and was always there with smart suggestions on how to make the station better and rarely, if ever, said 'no' to anything I asked him to do. Working at The Beat was often challenging and I'm grateful for his willingness to be whatever he was called on to be. A lesser person would've signed off long before he did. When we were getting stymied in our efforts to have a presence in the community, Cliff connected me with Jim Brown, who opened many doors for us and also became a valued mentor to me."

  • Known as the greatest portrait painter of the Northern Renaissance, German painter Hans Memling (1430-1494) was a mentor to Iowa-born artist Grant Wood (1891-1942), the painter of the iconic American Gothic, was a mentor to award-winning painter and teacher Arnold Pyle (1908-1973); Iowa-born ophthalmic photography artist Lee Allen (1910-2006).

  • Piedmont, California-born motivational speaker, psychotherapist and writer Richard Carlson (1961-2006), the author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all Small Stuff:Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life, was a mentor to thousands. He said, "There will always be problems and challenges to meet, but I no longer use them to postpone my happiness."

  • Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist Dame Muriel Spark (1918-2006) was mentored by British novelist Graham Greene (1904-1991). Dame Muriel said: "I wrote about Miss Brodie [The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie]. We were given to write about how we spent our summer holidays, but I wrote about how she spent her summer holidays instead. It seemed more fascinating."

  • American author and former SEAL, Will Mackin, the author of Bring Out the Dog, considers Texas-born American short story author and novelist George Saunders as his mentor.

  • One of America's greatest visual artists and realist painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) is a mentor to American realist painter Bo Bartlett.

  • American short-story writer and poet Raymond Carver (1938-1988) considered his mentor to be American novelist, university professor and literary critic John Gardner (1933-1982).

  • North Carolina-born American radio personality, news announcer and official scorekeeper of NPR's satirical radio quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Carl Kassell (1934-2018) is a mentor to former news director Paul Brown, who said of his mentor, "He was a mentor to everyone in that newsroom. He set an example that I wanted to follow and I think everyone else wanted to follow in terms of straightforward story structure and writing outstanding delivery that anyone could hear whether they were in a noisy kitchen or an automobile or a quiet room. You could hear what Carl was saying. He knew how to use his voice, and [had] a sense of commitment to the story, so that you wanted to keep listening."

  • French poet, author and politician born in Martinique Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) was a mentor to Martinique-born psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary Frantz Fanon (1925-1961).

  • Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész (1894-1985), known for his photo composition and photo essays, was a mentor to Austrian-born American photographer, known for her street photography, Lisette Model (1901-1983).

  • Nova Scotia-born Canadian novelist, poet and college teacher of creative writing John Lent is a mentor to writer, filmmaker and photographer Jay Ruzesky.

  • Award-winning Toronto-born Canadian poet, novelist and author of Fugitive Pieces Anne Michaels served as a mentor while a professor of the Graduate Department at the University of Toronto. She said of her mentoring, "It's always a pleasure to work with someone who is just trying to find their way." In an interview with another writer who felt like she was in a mentoring relationship with Ms. Michaels, Ms. Michaels told her, "Give yourself permission to sit there - often you have to justify it to yourself, because there's so much going on in your day and so much going on in your life, how can you carve out a time where you can sit there and say it's for you? But, it's that tiny little bit of space where you're saying 'I'm going to do this everyday,'"

  • Aboriginal Canadian artist Norval Morriseau (1931-2007), estimated to have produced 11,000 paintings in his lifetime, known as the "Picasso of the North", and created works depicting the tensions between native Canadian and European traditions, was a "mentor, brother, comrade, chum, hero, misfit and maestro" to authorized teacher and proponent of the Shamanistic Arts Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair. Mr. Sinclair has created the website,, because, "In the final years of his life Morrisseau fought desperately against the proliferation of thousands of inferior counterfeit paintings, identifying fake and forged works available for sale. Between 1993 and his death in 2007, Morrisseau sent multiple sworn declarations to dealers and galleries demanding fake and forged works misattributed to him be removed from sale or destroyed. The website brings the important issue of Morrisseau forgery proliferation into the public spotlight."

  • British political scientist and philosopher G.L. Dickinson (1862-1932) was a mentor to British novelist, short story writer, and essayist E.M. Forster (1879-1970).

  • London-born British novelist, short story writer and essayist E.M. Forster (1879-1970) was a mentor to British-American novelist and playwright Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986).

  • American playwright, professor and poet Kenneth Koch (1925-2002) is a mentor to New York City-born poet and editor of The Best American Poetry David Lehman.

  • Award-winning American poet and professor of writing Toi Derricotte is a mentor to award-winning South Carolina-born American poet, educator and former basketball star Terrance Hayes.

  • Influential British painter specializing in portraits, Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) was known as a mentor to London, England-born painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). In his will, Mr. Turner left 19,000 works to the British nation.

  • Officer of the Order of Canada, teacher, celebrated artist and master carver Dempsy Bob and Chief Lawrence Mack were both mentors to British Columbia-born Nuxalk artist Latham Mack.

  • Alert Bay, British Columbia-born Kwakwaka'wakw artist Rande Cook has said, "that from all his mentors he has developed an appreciation for coastal artists and their many variations of style and expression."

  • Chilliwack, British Columbia-born member of the Coast Salish Nation artist and carver Terry Horne credits his father, who was a master carver, and his brother as his primary mentors.

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba-born Cree First Nation tatoo and wood artist Robert McTavish acknowledges several prominent working artists in the Squamish nation as his mentors.

  • British Columbia-born member of the Gitxsan nation and artist Ken Mowatt is a mentor to Regina, Saskatchewan-born Cree painter and member of the Salish nation Darren McKenzie.

  • Poet, essayist and transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a mentor to American novelist and poet Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).

  • American professor of English and Canadian creative writing teacher Martin Oordt (1928-2011) is a mentor to Canadian writer and college educator Lorne Daniel; Canadian writer and poet Peter Christensen; Medicine Hat, Alberta-born Canadian writer and professor of English Yvonne Trainer; and others. Lorne Daniel said of his mentor, "His suggestions always grew from possibilities. 'What would happen if you started the poem here?' he would ask. Or 'where do you think that image could go? Beyond the poetry, he saw the poet, or the would-be poet - the person. He pulled his chair up close, sat knee to knee, and locked his eyes on you. He cared. No absent-minded multi-tasking. In Marty's world, poems mattered. Poets mattered.

  • Manhattan, New York-born publisher and editor-in-chief of juvenile books and often credited with transforming children's literature to feature books that appealed to children's imaginatins and emotions Ursula Nordstrom (1910-1988) was a mentor to Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), artist and children's book author and illustrator.

  • Illinois-born Amercian award-winning author, short story writer, and screenwriterRay Bradbury (1920-2012), who published more than 500 works, was a mentor to author, screenwriter, dockworker, gang member, circus hand, expelled student, member of the U.S. armed forces, and grand master of science fiction and fantasy Harlan Ellison (1934-2018). Ellison once said, "The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." Benjamin Ivry, writing a tribute to Mr. Ellison, said, "In 2016, he [Harlan] told The Pasadena Weekly that he cultivated the image of 'being a tough old bagel that's hard to chew.' As ferocious as his demeanour could be, he was also a kind mentor to younger writers, notably the late African-American science fiction author Octavia Butler (1947-2006). Ellison was a sometimes unpalatable bagel, then, but one capable of singular literary achievement, panache, and generosity."

  • Scottish biologist, sociologist, geographer, philanthropist and urban town planner Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) was a mentor to New York-born American historian, sociologist, literary critic and philosopher Lewis Mumford (1895-1990).

  • American writer, poet, mentor program director, and scholar Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) was a mentor to Kleya Forte-Escamilla and Egla J. Martinez and others.

  • Joplin, Missouri-born American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and leader of the Harlem Renaissance Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a mentor to St. Louis, Missouri-born award-winning American poet, writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou (1928-2014).

  • British medical doctor Alice Corthorn was a mentor to South African author, anti-war campaigner, free-thinker and feminist Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), who was a mentor to Danish author Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) (1885-1962). Ms. Schreiner said, "There was never a great man who had not a great mother."

  • South African writer, political activist, and 1991 Nobel laureate for literature Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) was a mentor to many South African writers and musicians including South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela.

  • American literary critic Diana Trilling (1905-1996) is a mentor to New York City-born American literary critic, essayist and novelist Daphne Merkin.

  • Artist William Perehudoff is a mentor to artist Jonathan Forrest.

  • Canadian artist, teacher and developer of contemporary art history curriculum Ian Wallace has been described as "a mentor to many significant practicing artists."

  • St. Catharines, Ontario-born Canadian artist Garry Neill Kennedy is described as "renowned for his contributions as a pedagogue and mentor."

  • American writer and editor Jean Stein (1934-2017), author of West of Eden, is a mentor to Boston-born American novelist and short story writer Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Glen Falls, New York-born American award-winning fiction writer, editor Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America, is a mentor to American novelist and short story writer Lauren Groff, author of Aracadia and other works of fiction.

  • American literary translator and university professor Gregory Rabassa (1922-2016) is a mentor to American comparative literature professor Earl E. Fitz.

  • American author and sociologist Edward Bellamy (1850-1898), whose works include the Utopian novel, Looking Backward; and children's writer, social and industrial reformer, magazine co-editor and co-founder of the National Household Economics Association Helen Stuart Campbell (1839-1918) were mentors to American sociologist, artist, poet, feminist, women's rights activist, and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). Ms. Gilman once said, "Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning."

  • Kensington, London-born British literary and social critic, mystery writer, journalist, poet, theologian and a user of humour for comprehending and interpreting life G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), who wrote The Man Who Knew Too Much among other works, was considered a mentor by Belfast, Ireland-born British novelist and poert C.S. Lewis (1898-1963); British poet, writer and university professor J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973); St. Louis, Missouri-born Emerican essayist, poet, playwright, literary and social critic T.S. Eliot (1888-1965); Indian activist and leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948); British novelist Graham Greene (1904-1991); British novelist, biographer, journalist and travel writer Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966); and English priest, thelogian and author of detective stories Ronald Knox (1888-1957). Mahatma Gandhi, for example, was profoundly affected by Chesterton's September 18, 1909, column in the Illustrated London News in which he argued for a specifically Indian solution to the subcontinent’s problems. Gandhi immediately translated it into Gujarati and used it as the basis of his influential 1909 pamphlet/book, Hind Swaraj (Indian Home Rule). C.S. Lewis cited Chesterton’s work as an important contribution to Lewis’ conversion to Christianity. At one point, Lewis quoted the following from the book: "A great man knows he is not God, and the greater he is, the better he knows it." G.K. Chesterton said, "Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and violinist."

  • American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) was a mentor to American screenwriter, journalist, writer of more than 35 books, and film producer and director Ben Hecht (1894-1964). Mr. Mencken is quoted as saying, "Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance." Mr. Hecht once said, "Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell time by watching the second hand of a clock."

  • American historian and novelist Shelby Foote (1916-2005) was a mentor to American novelist Walker Percy; and considered award-winning American novelist William Faulkner (1897-1962), his mentor. Mr. Foote is quoted as saying, "I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have somone else point out your mistakes is a shortcut of the process."

  • American novelist and celebrated with James Thurber (1894-1961) was a mentor to American novelist and editor known for his satiric wit Peter De Vries (1910-1993), who said to his mentor "I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork."

  • American writer, philosopher and university teacher Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) is a mentor to business executive, coach and mentor Rey Carr.

    "”As my first radio mentor explained to me in a plummy Shakesperian basso profundo: 'My boy, the most important quality you can have as a radio broadcaster is sincerity.' Then he gripped my hand firmly, looked deep into my eyes and added, 'Once you can fake that, you've got it made.'" — Award-wininng Arthur Black (1943-2018) from Fifty Shades of Black.

  • Award-winning Ontario-born Anishinabe Canadian contemporary artist and political activist Rebecca Belmore cites Mexican-American performance artist, photographer, and multimedia installation artist James Luna (1950-2018) as her mentor.

  • Photography teacher Rob Goolbar is a mentor to award-winning Ontario-born Canadian photographer and lecturer whose work has been displayed around the world Edward Burtynsky. Mr. Burtynsky said, "Rob Gooblar was my photography teacher at Ryerson in 1977. He gave me a toy Spider-Man camera as a gift. It used to take 126 film and had one of those cubes with four flashes that turned as you cocked the camera. He inspired me to go on when no one was paying attention to my work."

  • Montreal sports journalist, sports broadcaster and Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Red Fisher (1926-2018) was a mentor to Canadian journalist Dave Stubbs.

  • Canadian author, writer, director, philosopher and radio personality Jacques Langulrand (1931-2018) is a mentor to journalist and author Josée Blanchette.

  • Canadian media executive and Member of the Order of Canada Jay Switzer (1956-2018) was a mentor to television producer of The Amazing Race Canada Barb Bowlby and "countless independent producers and creators of Canadian works for the screen."

  • Award-winning Canadian syndicated columnist, author, broadcaster, radio personality, and fundraiser Arthur Black (1943-2018) was a mentor to younger CBC Radio employees.

  • American horse trainer Robert Smith is a mentor to American artist Bruce Nauman. Mr. Smith's "techniques regarding horse training and the philosophies by which he lived his life," according to Matt Schumacher, "were very influential...and contributed to Nauman's interest in portraying simple life in art."

  • American photographer, teacher and filmmaker Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) is a mentor to Brooklyn-born American filmmaker and documentarian Ken Burns.

  • Italian-born landscape painter Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899) was a mentor to Swiss painter Giovanni Giacometti (1868-1933).

  • Lucas Lichtenhan (?) was a mentor to Swiss-born artist and sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).

  • French poet, essayist and art critic Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was a mentor to French romantic painter, muralist and lithographer Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) who was a mentor to Paris-born French painter and writer Paul Signac (1863-1935).

  • British scientist and astronomer William Herchel (1792-1871); and portrait painter George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) were both mentors to Calcutta-born innovative photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).

  • Highly influential Canadian abstract artist Jack Bush (1909-1977) was a mentor to Saskatchewan-born Canadian abstract painter William Perehudoff (1919-2013) who is a mentor to Scotland-born Canadian abstract artist Jonathan Forrest; and Canadian artist Robert Christie

  • Nova Scotia-born Canadian university English professor Ross Woodman (1922-2014); and London, Ontario-born Jungian psychoanalyst, author, poet and women's movement activist Marion Woodman (1928-2018) were mentors to London, Ontario-born Canadian artist, teacher and filmmaker Jack Chambers (1931-1978).

  • Wales-born English sculptor, who created life-size works, John Gibson (1790-1866) was a mentor to Masschusetts-born American sculptor, advocate for women artists, and "considered the most distinguished female sculptor in America during the 19th century", Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908).

  • Italy-born painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was a mentor to Russian-French painter Chaim Soutine (1893-1943).

  • New York-born American lawyer, astronomer and pioneering astrophotographer Lewis M. Rutherfurd (1816-1892) was known as "a mentor to the younger men in his office while introducing them to social life in New York City".

  • French painter, who painted in the "Neoclassical" style Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) was a mentor to French painter and an early proponent of what was eventually called "the Romantic movement in art and literature Anne-Louis Girodet (1767-1824).

  • Pulitizer Prize-winning American poet and insurance executive Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) was a mentor to Baltimore, Maryland-born award-winning American writer, poet, and feminist Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) who was a mentor to North Carolina-born feminist scholar, political activist and teacher Bettina Aptheker. Ms. Rich was described by Cynthia Haven in 2013 as "a mentor and role model to generations - feminists especially." One of Ms. Rich's most often mentioned quotes: "When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possiblity for more truth around her."

  • Paris, France-born philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, and literary critic Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was a mentor to Cherbourg, France-born literary critic and philosopher, author, and academic Roland Barthes (1915-1980); who was a mentor to Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, feminist and novelist Julia Kristeva.

  • American sculptor Tom Kempf was a mentor to Texas-born American illustrator, painter, and musicianGertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977).

  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa-born American writer and photographer and the literary executor of the estate of Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was a mentor to Ohio-born novelist James Purdy (1914-2009).

  • Paris-born French-American artist, known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was a mentor to French painter Colette Richarme (1904-1991), despite being seven years younger. It may be one of the first cases of what is today called "reverse mentoring."

  • French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a mentor to Russian college dropout and one of the most famous Russian novelists and short story writers Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910). The two men met in France in the early 1860's after Tolstoy experienced a profound philosophical and spiritual transformation in the Russian army during the 1850's. Tolstoy returned to Russain and established a number of progressive schools for children of Russian serfs, and then in 1867 wrote his first novel (War and Peace) that became a sensation all across Russia as well as a classic in world literature.

  • One of the first women to be a legislative reporter in British Columbia and recently the assistant director of the British Columbia Coroner's Service Barbara McLintock (1950-2018) mentored many young journalists including Canadian journalism professor Sean Holman, who said "Ms. McLintock probably took 'thousands' of calls from him over the years when worked as an independent investigative journalist in Victoria" British Columbia.

  • South African-born Sister Wendy Beckett (1930-2018), a Carmelite nun, became a prominent TV-personality in the 1990s as she would explain the history of artistic works on PBS-TV. She believed that art belonged to everybody and the details she revealed made art and artists come alive and relevant. Her spontaneity, humour, and knowledge prompted thousands to visit galleries, gain greater appreciation of art, and stimulated many to imitate her style. Sister Wendy will be greatly missed, especially by those art history students whom she mentored by being so enthusiastic about art, history, and biography.

  • British poet, painter and printmaker William Blake (1757-1827) was a mentor to British-born Canadian writer, painter, musician and advertising agency executive Bertram Brooker (1888-1955).

  • American cartoon and animation artist Hazel Sewell (1898-1975), whose leadership in the Ink & Paint aspects of animation led to significant improvements in the animation process at the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. She also was the first woman in the animation industry to run a major division as well as one of the first woman to be credited on-screen for her work as the Art Director on Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), was a mentor to animation artist Kathleen Dollard (1907-1980) who was the first employee to be hired by the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. She "blackened" and traced penciled lines for each drawing with ink on celluloid or "cels." Before Walt Disney (1901-1966) married his wife Lillian (1899-1997), he proposed to Ms. Dollard but she turned him down because "she didn't think he'd amount to anything." (Source: Johnson, M. (2017). Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation.)

  • Canadian graphic artist and art dealer Graham Coughtry (1931-1999); Canadian author, illustrator, artists and pioneer in art therapy Selwyn Dewdney (1909-1979); and Canadian obstetrician/gynecologist, university professor and arts advocate Martin Robinson were mentors to Canadian painter and ardent nationalist Greg Curnoe (1936-1992).

  • American author and dentist most known for his adventure novels associated with the West Zane Grey (1872-1939) was a mentor to North Dakota-born American novelist and short story writer who primarily wrote Western novels Louis L'Amour (1908-1988).

  • Canadian Cree contemporary artist Kent Monkman is a mentor to Canadian composer Dustin Peters, among others.

  • Illinois-born American poet, teacher and author of Gunslinger Edward Dorn (1929-1999) was a mentor to Alaska-born American short story writer and author of A Manual for Cleaning Women Lucia Berlin (1936-2005), who was a mentor to American author of Columbine Dave Cullen.

  • Award-winning pioneering black feminist playwright and poet who wrote For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf Ntozake Shange (1948-2018) is a mentor to poet, playwright, novelist, creator of A Gathering of Tribes, and retired university professor Steve Cannon.

  • Montreal-born Canadian painter, sculptor and free jazz percussionist John Heward (1934-2018) was described as "a great friend and mentor to many, and has gained unequivocal respect for his integrity and his warm dedication and generosity to those around him."

  • Jamaica-born English novelist Henrietta Jenkin (1807-1885); and American novelist Henry James (1843-1916) were mentors to British/French/Italian writer of ghost stories, poet, pacifist, historian, critic and travel writer Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) (1856-1935) who, in turn, was a mentor to American novelist, short story writer and designer Edith Wharton (1862-1937); and English poet, dramatist, travel writer, war correspondent and playwright Maurice Baring (1874-1945).

  • Award-winning Canadian visual arts professor Sandra Meigs is a mentor for generations of artists including Toronto-born Canadian visual artist Patrick Howlett; Vancouver, British Columbia-based Althea Thauberger; and First Nations painter, photographer and installation artist Marianne Nicolson.

  • English Victorian painter ans sculptor G.F. Watts (1817-1904) was a mentor to British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).

  • English painter and printmaker Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) was a mentor to British artist and founder of the Camden Town Group Harold Gilman (1876-1919).

  • British artist Harold Gilman (1876-1919) was a mentor to English artist and a member of the Camden Town Group of artists William Ratcliffe (1870-1955).

  • Canadian Mi’kmaq artist and professional tattoo artist, originally from Stephenville Crossing in Newfoundland Jordan Bennett has mentored several Indigenous cultural tattoo practitioners in British Columbia.

  • French priest and resistance leader Father Joseph-Marie Perrin (1905-2002) was a mentor to French philosopher, mystic and political activist, often referred to as the most truly spiritual writer of the 20th century Simone Weil (1909-1943).

  • Award-winning Lebanese-Canadian writer, teacher and poet John Asfour (1945-2014) is a mentor to award-winning Beirut-born Canadian-Lebanese author and photographer Rawi Hage.

  • Award-winning Ontario-born Canadian poet, translator, English literature teacher, educator, and Officer of the Order of Canada D.G. Jones (1929-2016) is a mentor to award-winning Sri Lanka-born Canadian poet, fiction writer, essayist and Officer of the Order of Canada Michael Ondaatje.

  • Sri Lanka-born Canadian poet, fiction writer and essayist Michael Ondaatje is a mentor to award-winning Calgary, Alberta-born and resident of Victoria, British Columbia, and author of Half-Blood Blues and Washington Black Esi Edugyan.

  • Alberta-born Award-winning Canadian artist and art educator Diana Thorneycroft is a mentor to Winnipeg artist Ryan Smoluk.

  • Ottawa-born Canadian artist and academic professor at the University of Guelph Laurel Woodcock (1960-2017) was considered a mentor to many artists and colleagues.

  • Toronto-born Canadian and award-winning crime fiction writer and teacher Lou Allin (1945-2014) was considered a mentor to many.

  • Canadian journalist, television personality, Officer of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Canadian Senate Betty Kennedy (1926-2017) is a mentor to former Canadian politician Indira Naidoo-Harris.

  • Nova Scotia-born Mi'kmaq award-winning Canadian artist, activist, set designer, playwright, actor and musician Cathy Elliott (1957-2017) was described as a mentor to many she worked with, particularly Indigenous youth.

  • Ottawa, Ontario-born Canadian editor, university administrator and the senior editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Francess Halpenny (1919-2017) was described as a "mentor and role model for women in academia and publishing." One of those she mentored was Canadian editor, author, and publisher Rosemany Shipton.

  • African-American painting innovator Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) was a mentor to many young artists during his lifetime and is often considered the person whose contributions made it possible for other young African-American artists to show their work.

  • Philadelphia-born African-American artist and art teacher Reginald Gammon (1921-2005) "served as a respected mentor to numerous young artists."

  • German art professor and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen is a mentor to German-born American artist Charline von Heyl.

  • French photographer Lucien Hervé is a mentor to world-renowned Swiss-French architectural photographer Hélène Binet
  • English-born American painter, known for his landscape and history paintings Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was a mentor to Connecticut-born American landscape painter Frederic Church (1826-1900).

  • French art dealer Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) was a mentor to Russian-born French painter and one of the most popular modern artists Marc Chagall (1887-1985).

  • New York-born American journalist, writer, and author of a book exposing the C.I.A. (The Invisible Government) and other books David Wise (1930-2018) was a mentor to German-born American journalist, Pulitzer Prize-winner, author and NY Times executive editor Max Frankel

  • Chicago-born African-American artist and art teacher whose works often exemplify human relationships and socioeconomic struggles Charles White (1918-1979) is a mentor to American artist David Hammons; and Alabama-born African-American artist Kerry James Marshall.

  • Stockholm, Sweden-born pioneering Victorian art photographer and expert in photomontage, sometimes referred to as "the father of art photography" Oscar Gustave Rejlander (1813-1875) was a mentor to British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).

  • Multiple award-winning author, including the Pulitzer Prize for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, poet, and essayist Annie Dillard is a mentor to author and poet Maggie Nelson; and Silas House, the author of Little Fire.

  • Isle of Man-born natural history artist and scientist Edward Forbes (1815-1854) was a mentor to Middlesex, England-born author, biologist, educator and advocate for Darwin's theory of evolution T.H. Huxley (1825-1895).

  • Non-fiction author, poet, memoirist and critical study author Maggie Nelson is a mentor to Allie Rowbottom, author of the memoir Jell-O Girls.

  • Award-winning Chinese-Canadian writer and member of the Order of Canada Wayson Choy (1939-2019), the author of The Jade Peony was a mentor to Canadian novelist Jen Sookfong Lee, who said of her mentor, "that everyone should aspire to be the kind of author and mentor Mr. Choy was."

  • Canadian painter and grandmother Philippa Doane Hunter (1929-2019) was a mentor to Di Bethune and Bill Boyd.

  • Award-winning American science fiction writer whose tales featured female protaganists Vonda McIntyre (1948-2019) was considered "an inspiring mentor to many younger female writers."

  • Canadian First Nations artist noted for his KwaGulth style paintings and totem poles Tony Hunt (1942-2017) was a mentor to Vancouver, British Columbia-born Canadian artist and gallerist with a lifelong passion for Indigenous art and culture John Livingston (1951-2019)
  • Wichita, Kansas-born American artist and phtographer W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) was a mentor to photographer and educator Dave Heath (1931-2016).

  • Canadian artist, teacher and founding member of the Vancouver School of Photoconceptualism Ian Wallace was considered "a mentor to many significant practicing artists in the Vancouver region."

  • St Catherines, Ontario-born Canadian artist Garry Neill Kennedy was "renowned for his contributions as a pedagogue and mentor."

  • Saskatchewan-born, award-winning Canadian sculptor/visual artist with an international reputation and was a member of the Order of Canada Joe Fafard (1942-2019) was described as a person who "cared about what other artists were doing. He would cometo the gallery and see the shows of younger artists. He was a mentor and a leader in the art community."

  • Canadian woodworker Ken Lamb is a mentor to Canadian woodworking sculptor and artist John Bateman.

  • Award-winning Canadian author and teacher on the history and theory of film Mark Harris (-2013), who published more than 4,000 articles, essays reviews, was known as an inspiring mentor to many, many film students at the University of British Columbia. The Mark Harris Memorial Scholarship in Film Studies provides mentoring support for students at UBC (donations).

  • Robert Walton was a mentor to Canadian poet, playwright and academic Daniel Sloate (1931-2009).

  • English-born Mexican artist, painter and novelist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was a mentor to Canadian poet P.K. Page (1916-2010), who was a mentor to Susan McMaster. The League of Canadian Poets has established a P.K. Page Trust Fund.

  • Calgary-born Canadian poet, community activist, editor, performance artist Murdoch Burnett (1953-2015) was described as a "mentor to aspiring writers."

  • Canadian poet Raymond Souster (1921-2012) was described in The Canadian Encylopedia as a "mentor whose writing career spanned seven decades and who influenced and was respected by generations of poets."

  • Canadian poet, novelist and playwright and university professor Priscila Uppal (1976-2018) was described as an outstanding, generous and dedicated mentor to many aspiring writers, and "the literary legacy she leaves behind is not just her own, but all the work she has inspired and pushed others to create." A memorial fund which supports a fellowship in Creative Writing at York University has been established in her name (donations).

  • American poet and scholar John Berryman (1914-1972); American literary critic and poet R.P. Blackmur (1904-1965); and American expatriat poet and critic Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was a mentor to two-time Pulitzer Prize winner among other awards poet and anti-war activist W.S. (William Stanley) Merlin(1927-2019).

  • Nelson, British Columbia-born a ward-winning Canadian poet and novelist, officer of the Order of Canada, recipient of many honorary doctorates, who once said he only turned to poetry because he couldn't afford to be a painter Patrick Lane (1939-2019) was described as a mentor to a great many Canadian poets over the years, including Victoria, British Columbia poet laureate Yvonne Blomer.

  • Athens-born Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Yannis Behrakis (1960-2019) is a mentor to Istanbul-based international press photographer Lefteris Pitarakis; and Athens-based international press photographer Thanassis Stavrakis, who said of his mentor, "...we all looked up to him and were grateful for the time he took to help colleagues with edits and advice. He influenced a generation of photographers."

  • Chatham, Ontario-born journalist, managing editor, foreign correspondent and newspaper publisher Clark Davey (-2019) was a mentor to many in the newspaper industry, including Canadian publisher Russell Mills.

  • American novelist and journalist William Bradford Huie (1910-1986), who wrote The Americanization of Emily, which earned an Oscar nomination for Julie Andrews as Emily in the film version, was a mentor to New Jersey-born American novelist William E. Butterworth III (1929-2019), who wrote more than 200 books under the name of W.E.B. Griffin. Mr. Griffin wrote under several pen names because he believed that libraries wouldn't accept multiple works by the same author in a given year.

  • Rochester, New York-born American senior editor who worked with many famous authors including William Faulkner and Eugene O'Neill Saxe Commins (1892-1958) was a mentor to British India-born American editor and a pioneer of the modern paperback Betty Ballantine (1919-2019).

  • As part of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize for Emerging Writers Mentorship Program these finalists were assigned as mentors to these emerging writers: Bill Gaston to mentor Miles Steyn; Ian Hampton to mentor Joshua Whitehead; Kate Harris to mentor Kirk Angus Johnson; Elizabeth Hay to mentor Becky Blake; and Darrel McLeod to mentor Helen Knott.

  • Irish-British contemporary artist and painter Sir Michael Craig-Martin is a mentor to British artist and entrepreneur Damien Hirst; and British visual artist Julie Opie.

  • London, England-born Canadian-American journalist, foreign correspondent pioneer and documentary producer Michael Maclear (1929-2018) was a mentor to Canadian-American broadcast TV journalist Morley Safer (1931-2016). Mr. Safer said of his mentor: "Whatever small success I've had I owe to that skeletal Englishman. He is a great teacher, a great risk-taker, an unconventional thinker."

  • Minneapolis, MN-born American author, short story writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler, who grew up in a Quaker community, was mentored by novelist Reynolds Price.

  • American poet, children's book author, journalist and essayist Aline Kilmer (1888-1941) was a mentor to longtime editor of The New Yorker Magazine Eleanor Gould Packard (1917-2005).

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