Canadian artist David McEown was born in 1963 in Toronto. The
love of art and nature was influenced early from his great grandparent's
homestead, set amongst the Precambrian rock and lakes of the
Muskoka region, as well as from early years residing on Canada’s
While attending the Ontario College of Art and Design, David
spent his graduating year of independent studies at the Algoma
School of Landscape Arts in the remote wilderness of Northern
Ontario, a region steeped in Indigenous culture and Canadian
landscape painting art history.
After five years painting from an Algoma cabin, he painted
a large body of work of brilliantly light-filled watercolours
celebrating the wonder and regenerative powers found in nature.
For this work, David was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation
Grant in 1994 and in 1999, which afforded him the opportunity
to paint some of this earth’s most remote and endangered
landscapes. To further enhance these studies, David has accepted
several artist residencies, including a 2005 residency in Antarctica
and the High Arctic by a world leader in polar cruise expeditions.
In 1999, David was elected a member of the Canadian Society
of Painters in Watercolour, which in 2005, awarded him the society’s
prestigious A.J. Casson Medal. David’s work has won numerous
awards and has been exhibited across Canada and internationally.
His watercolours can be found in many public and corporate collections.
Currently residing in Richmond Hill, Ontario, David teaches
watercolour at the Royal Ontario Museum. He also conducts many
workshops and presentations across Canada, sharing his passion
to celebrate and bring an awareness of our diverse yet fragile
natural heritage through the creative act of painting.
"This experience is healing. The process of
painting in the ancient groves or from a blade of grass always
gives me a feeling of being connected to something greater than
ourselves, a sense of love flows through nature with all of