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News and blog posts about recent works, workshops, events, presentations, expeditions and exhibitions by Canadian artist David McEown.

Southern Ocean, South Georgia and Falkland Islands

David McEown

Video highlights from South Georgia Island and the challenges of painting the vast display of life force present in the large King Penguin Colonies. (video and editing by David McEown, additional video and aerial permitted video by Daisy Gilardini)

The attached video clips and paintings were inspired by a trip to the Sub Antarctic Island of South Georgia in October- November 2018. We departed by ship from the Falkland Islands where I had time to warm up the brushes and spend time painting at a wonderful nature reserve of Volunteer Point. 

 The South Georgia trips were in particularly rewarding as we participated in a photo symposium led by some of the finest photographers in the field.   It was great to be in nature with so many folks engaged in he art of seeing, plus it was fun to conduct a few art workshops to complement all the fantastic expertise ranging from ornithology, history and marine biology.   

It has been my long term project to record and raise awareness about the fragility of these natural wonders as well as try to express their inherent beauty. Many other painting from these regions and be seen on his websites Antarctic Galleries. 

Many thanks to One Ocean Expeditions and the hospitality in the Falklands for a successful voyage. So much reference material for future creations and upcoming presentations!

“The Colony, St Andrews Bay” , South Georgia, (15 x 44 inches watercolour)

Video highlights from South Georgia Island and painting seascapes. (video and editing by David McEown, additional video and aerial permitted video by Daisy Gilardini)

Falkland Islands

Black Browed Albatross, West Point Island.

Black Browed Albatross, West Point Island.

Video impressions and painting clips from a recent trip last month to the Falkland Islands while on route to South Georgia. Along with the fantastic diversity of bird life the highlight here is the colony of king penguins at Volunteer Point. Had several days of sunrise on white sand beaches and painting the colony at sunset with the curious “woolly” young penguins.

A.J Casson Medal and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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A.J Casson Medal


 I am humbled to have been awarded the prestigious A.J Casson Medal, from the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, at the 93rd annual “Open Water” juried international exhibition held in October 2018. 

The awarded painting, “Surfacing” (30 x 22 inches) , of a swimming polar bear among iceberg remnants was inspired by a recent painting trip to the arctic in which I has been studying for many years. It is rewarding when the elements come together  to make  a successful  and effective composition thus can  reach out to larger audience to communicate issues of  climate change and conservation.

Here is some more information about  the CSPWC;

 “The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (inFrench: La Société Canadienne de Peintres en Aquarelle), founded in 1925 is considered to be Canada’s official national watercolour Society. The nation's oldest medium specific arts organization has had an illustrious history. Membership is looked upon as a mark of achieving peer recognition in one of the most difficult and demanding visual arts form.

The Annual "Open Water" show, open to all artists, continues to be the focus of the Society's work, which can be hosted anywhere in the country. The most prestigious award is the "A. J. Casson Award", a commissioned medal given "for outstanding achievement in watercolour painting" to the best work in the show. The medal is accompanied by a cash award.”

Royal Canadian Geographical Society


In November 2018, I was deeply honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. For the past 30 years my paint brush has led me to travel the earths 7 continents and bring back impressions and stories. When coming home after painting abroad I am always reminded how incredibly diverse and beautiful Canada is and how fortunate I have been to paint the landscapes of every province and territory in my home country. I look forward to promote the Society’s mandate “to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.”