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Cover Artist: Dr. Shaukat ChaneyDr. Shaukat Chaney is a retired dentist who now sculpts and paints full time at his WaterWalks studio (www.waterwalks.com) in Cumberland, Ontario.
Dr. Chaney was introduced to oil painting in 1974 while enrolled at the University of Minnesota's Graduate School of Dentistry. Painting was included in the program to create a better understanding of colours used in dentistry. His interest in sculpture began a year later, while he was working on maxillofacial prostheses for trauma and cancer patients at the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Chaney believes that his training in visualizing and understanding colour made him a better artist.
The artwork on the cover is a bronze sculpture of Dr. Wilfred Cotter. The sculpture was commissioned by Dr. Cotter's family after he passed away last year. Dr. Cotter was a professor of prosthodontic dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan until his retirement in 1988. “I had the privilege of teaching with Dr. Cotter for 11 years,” explains Dr. Chaney. “I submitted this sculpture for the cover of JCDA as a tribute to a great dentist.”
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