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

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.”


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I finally made it home after an intense and inspiring camping/painting trip to the wild and remote Kamchatka region in Russia's Far East.

Two weeks were spent painting, photographing and videoing the beauty of this powerful land of volcanoes and bears, in the company of 12 adventurous photographers, and with the protection of two rangers.

We observed brown bears on the shore of Kuril Lake in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, during the bears' ancient, annual ritual of fishing for sockeye salmon. At this time of year, salmon return to the lake from the sea, where they gather before heading upstream to spawn.

The stunning volcanic landscape and abundance of bears provided  great opportunities for productive sketching and plein air painting. It was easy to be  distracted by the bears walking by just a few metres from my easel, despite the majestic Ilyinsky volcano as a backdrop .

I look forward to starting work on some studio painting!

 Bear behaviour and the process of sketching and painting in this challenging, heart-thumping environment are highlighted in the following  video.