While a philosophy undergraduate at the U of T Hugh was the cartoonist for the Varsity, the daily U newspaper. Upon graduation, he was commissioned to paint an extensive mural of university life for Hart House. This led to a year’s scholarship to study in England. He then taught art in England, where he fell in love with the profession. Back to Canada and after trying careers as a graphic artist for TV, newspapers and curating in Toronto Art Galleries, he went back to what he loved, teaching and coaching kids. He taught at Penetanguishene Secondary School until retirement. He devoted his spare time to helping to run Galerie Gale’s Art Gallery in Midland, opened to promote art and artists in the area.