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Gary McDonald was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and took his first art class in high school.
An early career as a commercial artist lasted five years until he entered the world of business. The ensuing 20 years brought success as a real estate executive, but left little time for art. Gary’s interest in painting was rekindled in 1986 when he took an art class at the University of British Columbia to complete his requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
He continued his studies on a part-time basis, having been accepted into the Fine Arts programs at both U.B.C. and Okanagan University College. In January 1992, he formally retired from business in order to pursue his aspirations as a fine artist.
As an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Gary has been involved in the local arts community for over 20 years and has both attended and organized seminars under the auspices of the Federation.
He paints primarily in water colours and acrylics, and enjoys drawing and the occasional foray into oils.
Paintings by Gary McDonald have been displayed at the Federation Gallery and Originals Only in Vancouver, the Surrey Art Gallery, the Tutt Gallery in Kelowna, the Westside Gallery in Westbank, and in several FCA juried shows in Victoria and Kelowna.
Listing last confirmed: May. 30, 2011