DOUGLAS PURDON was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the Ontario
College of Art (AOCA) and is a full-time painter living in Toronto, Canada. He is married to
the writer Rosemary Aubert. rosemaryaubert.com
His preferred medium is oil, but he also works in watercolour and acrylic. In 1998, he wrote
the best seller Color Secrets for Glowing Oil Paintings, published by North Light publications. In
2016 Nita Leland included his work in the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition of her best-selling
book. Exploring Colour published by F&W Publications. His work has appeared in
International Artist Magazine and numerous other publications. He is an elected member of
The Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), The Ontario Society of Artists OSA.
Since 1997 he has been a member of Winsor & Newton's Fine Art Collective, (FAC), he
visits Universities and Colleges providing information on painting materials and techniques.
He has taught painting each summer at Loyalist Colleges Summer Arts program since 1998.
In 1998 he started teaching at the University of Toronto - School of Continuing Studies. The
topics he covers range from Mistresses & Muses - The Love Lives of the Great Artists to
Glory and Horror - The Artist at War. His popular painting workshops and art lectures are
given for private art clubs, PROBUS Groups and societies. He was awarded the 2012
Excellence in Teaching Award in Arts & Science by the University of Toronto - School of
In 2005, Doug won the Museum Purchase Award at the 26th Annual Mystic International
Marine Painting Exhibition. In 2007 his solo exhibition, Doug Purdon and the Legend of
Landscape opened at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. His oil painting Breaking Waves
- Grimsby was selected for the cover of Canadian Brushstroke Magazine in September 2009.
In 2012 his illustration for Liquitex Acrylic Inks was included in The Society of Illustrators,
Los Angeles, Ilustration West. He was profiled in the autumn 2013 issue of Magzin-ART.
He is represented by Quinn's of Tweed and Westmount Gallery in Toronto, Ontario. His
paintings are in the permanent collections of Mystic Seaport, Scottish National Tourist
Board, Toronto Public Library, City of Toronto, Card Lake Resources and Co-operators
Insurance of Canada and The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.
Morning Departure - Southampton, Ont. - Oil on canvas - 12" x 16"