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Profile 2 – Aaron Forsyth

By Seth DuChene
with photography by Bernard Clark

Aaron Forsyth — perhaps better known to Kingston residents as EronOne — doesn’t see a blank wall. He sees the canvas for his next artistic creation.

Aaron’s graffiti-inspired artwork has slowly generated a following in Kingston among both the business community and private citizens looking for a bold and colourful addition to their space. Although his professional career has taken him along several different and distinct paths, Aaron has been building toward a bold, relatively new direction: full-time artist.

One of two siblings — Aaron has a younger sister, Ashleigh — he grew up in the suburbs of Kingston’s west end. He went to public school at R. G. Sinclair before moving on to Bayridge Secondary School. “We lived near the Cataraqui Mall. There was a big park too, so I had lots of green space, lots of friends in the neighbourhood,” he says. “We had lots to do and we played sports and rode our bikes.”

It was during his youth that Aaron also developed a love of skateboarding — a sport with its own unique lifestyle and culture; it continues to echo in his work. “Growing up, we were just hanging out in parking lots; that would be where we skateboard,” he recalls. “We’d build ramps — we had a couple of . . .