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.
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
As a member of Winsor & Newton's Fine Art Collective, (FAC), he lectures on painting
materials and techniques at colleges and universities. 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 Univeristy of Toronto - School
of Continuing Studies.
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 at The Society of Illustrators,
Los Angeles, Ilustration West. He was profiled in the Autumn 2013 issue of Magzin-ART. In
2016 Nita Leland included his work in the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition of her best-selling
book. Exploring Colour publised by F&W Publications.
His work is exhibited at Studio 737in 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 Resourses and Co-operators
Insurance Canada and The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.
Morning Departure - Southampton, Ont. - Oil on canvas - 12" x 16"