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Pre-eminent Portrait Artist

From “Regular” to Royalty, and their stories.

“For me, one way of thinking about art is to understand it as the application of intelligence, technique and creativity to a subject to make you see the truth of it in a new way. It seems to me that the best art begins with a strong idea – it is about something.”

Please feel free to bring a portrait painting if you like, to share.

David Goatley is considered one of North America's foremost portrait painters. He was born in London, England in 1954 and emigrated to Canada's west coast in 1992.

He studied painting at London's Camberwell School of Art before embarking on a successful 16 year advertising career. Whilst advertising did not prove creatively satisfying (the need to paint never far away) it did give him a taste for hard work, imaginative solutions, and the strong sense of design that has helped make his paintings immediately recognizable. Each of his portraits is as distinct as the individuals in them, capturing the personality and life in his subjects with real feeling. To stand in front of one of his portraits is to experience meeting the subject.

David is also a noted muralist and paints the people and places he encounters on his travels.


Vancouver Island Regional North End Library

6250 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC

V9T 6M9


10:00 - 10:15 Social Time & Meeting

10:15 - 12:00 Demo

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