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His Highness
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh
The Maharaja of Jaipur

David is deeply honoured to share his portrait of the Maharaja of Jaipur. He visited Jaipur, India in January 2017 where he met with His Highness for a photo shoot at City Palace. This official portrait is now part of the Royal Collection overseen by the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.

To view a short video on the painting of this portrait click here.

Mural Unveiled July 1, 2017

David attended the unveiling of his mural commissioned by the E.C.H.O. Players for the side of their heritage designated Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach. It was painted on assembled panels which were stored until reassembly and mounting on the outside of the Theatre for the mural's official unveiling July 1st.

The 56 foot by 16 foot mural celebrates both past productions and the local actors who played in them as well as the backstage crew and others involved. Based upon hundreds of archival photographs as well as new photo shoots specific to the project, the complex compostion features over 30 portraits with lots of drama, colour and excitement.


Their Royal Highnesses
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
(Prince William and Kate Middleton)

David is proud to be able to share his portrait of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, commissioned by Government House in Victoria, BC.

Portrait of Headmaster Snowden,
St. Michaels University School
Unveiled June 5th, 2017

The portrait of Headmaster Snowden was unveiled on the beautiful grounds of St. Michaels, celebrating 22 years of leadership.

January in Jaipur, India

After spending most of January visiting St. Jospeh's International School in Jaipur, India David finished his first painting from the trip: "Mother and Child, Garidharipura"

December, 2016 : David's Portrait of Lord Lang, Baron of Monkton is a finalist in the Portrait Society of America's Members Only Competition


September 29, 2016 : "The Power and the Glory" wins an Honorable Mention at the Federation of Canadian Artists 75th Anniversary Exhibition

David participated in Canada's largest ever exhibition of living artists in Western Canada and was awarded "Honourable Mention ... in recognition of the extraordinary artwork entitled: "The Power and the Glory"

Unveiled at the Alberta Legislature
August 15, 2016
Col (Ret'd) The Hon. Donald S. Ethell
17th Lt. Governor of Alberta

David was honoured to attend the unveling of his official portrait of Col. (Ret'd) The Hon. Donald S. Ethell. In Canada, the office of Lt. Governor is a Vice-Regal appointment as Her Majesty the Queen's representative in the Province of Alberta.

The Hon. Ethell's distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces spanned 38 years and involved 14 overseas peace support operations. He has since been recognized for his humanitarian service and holds two honourary doctor of laws degrees.

Portrait of Chief Charlie Mason
Presented to Kitasoo/Xai'xais
First Nation

On 13 June 2016, at a special feast of traditional foods, and on behalf of Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Ng Ariss Fong Lawyers of Vancouver, the portrait of Hereditary Chief Charlie Mason was was presented to Charlie himself and the Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation, at Klemtu.

Mural Commissioned

David has been commissioned by the E.C.H.O. Players of Qualicum Beach to design and paint a mural on the side wall of the Village Theatre.

Portrait of Lord Lang unveiled
in New York City May 18, 2016

Unveiled in New York City, the Hon. Lord Lang of Monkton. Now retiring as Chairman of Marsh & McLennan, Lord Lang was a Cabinet Minister in past UK governments and currently sits in the House of Lords. David was delighted to be chosen to paint him and the company's spectacular offices on the Avenue of the Americas provided the epic backdrop.

Richeson75 Landscapes 2016

"Hard Times" and "Mountains of Mourne" are finalists in the Richeson75 Landscapes 2016 competition.

The exhibition will be at the Richeson75 gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin from June 21 - August 6 and may also be viewed online during that time period..

Artist's Talk at the Art Gallery of
Greater Victoria - March 11, 2016

David gave an Artist's Talk at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and thanks the AGGV's volunteers for inviting him.

Solo Show at The Union Club - February - March 2016

Don't miss David's second Solo Show at the historic Union Club in Victoria BC (across from the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel in the Inner Harbour).

The show will combine examples of his portraiture and figurative pieces which will be available for purchase.

Entrance to the Union Club is exclusive to Members and their Guests.

David's painting "Barbara"
in a curated exhibition at the
Portraits Inc. Gallery in
New York City

"Barbara", oil on canvas, 24" x 20" was painted in 3 sessions from life with some of the clothing painted from his own source photos so as not to take more of Barbara's valuable time than necessary.

The painting has been juried into "Painting the Good Woman" at the Portraits Inc. New York City gallery for the months of November and December 2015..

David Featured as an "Artist to
Collect" in a 16 page article in
Arabella Magazine - Summer 2015

"A Common Sense of Place" by Alex Wright
features 15 of David's portraits (he has painted
over 350 commissions to date). Alex describes David as "... a man capable of putting brush to
canvas and conveying an entire life in a single sitting."

Solo Show at The Union Club - September 2015

Don't miss David's Solo Show in September at the historic Union Club in Victoria BC (across from the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel in the Inner Harbour).

The show will combine examples of his portraiture and figurative pieces which will be available for purchase.

Entrance to the Union Club is exclusive to Members and their Guests.

To see a copy of the catalogue click here.

Unveiling - Dr. Indira Samarasekera, OC, President of the University of Alberta
April 1, 2015

The first woman to be president of any Univeristy in Alberta, Dr. Samarasekera’s PhD is in metallurgical engineering, her expertise is in hot rolling and casting steel. The list of honours she has received is impressive.

She wanted her portrait to reflect the history of the University she led and this magnificent foyer fit the bill.

" I wanted not only to honour her achievements, but to portray her as the elegant, fascinating woman that she is."

Unveiling - President and CEO
John Anderson of The Oppenheimer
Group (Oppy)
March 12, 2015

Unveiled yesterday, David's oil portrait of John Anderson, President and CEO of Oppy (The Oppenheimer Group) in the Napa Valley among his vines. Oppy is a world leading produce company.

"John's genius in growing the company is tempered with a deep respect and caring for Oppy's employees spread across the world, as was apparent at the event yesterday - what a privilege to be chosen to paint him!"

The Right Reverend Dr. Logan McMenamie, Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia (Anglican Church)

Delivered February 4, 2015.

David was in Greenwich, England for a photo shoot mid-November 2014

Keep an eye out in the new year for a portrait set in beautiful Greenwich Park (think Greenwich Mean Time) among other paintings to be completed or unveiled in 2015. Please note that we only post a few of David's portraits on the site as he has completed over 360 commissioned pieces - check the Portfolio page for a wider selection.

Posthumous Portrait of Paul Clark
November 2014

David gifted a portrait of a dear friend, Paul Clark, to his widow Adrianne. Lost at sea in the summer of 2014 during an epic solo trip in a 16 foot row boat, he will always be remembered in our hearts.

For more information click here.

Unveiling - Chancellor Murray Farmer, University of Victoria, on
November 24, 2014

David's portrait, oil on linen, of UVic's Chancellor Murray Farmer was unveiled at a spectacular tribute in the iconic Fairmont Empress Crystal Ballroom.

A new location for hanging portraits of the Chancellors required a compact 32" x 24" format for this painting of a man who has made a large contribution, using good humor and intelligence through his long history of service to the University.

Unveiling - Headmaster Geoff Roberts Crescent School - Toronto - July 7, 2014

After discussing several compositional proposals, Headmaster Geoff Robers and David agreed that this very contemporary composition highlighting both the modernity and tradition of the school buildings, through depiction of both old and new architectural styles, would best represent Geoff and Crescent School of Toronto.

At 60" x 40" (oil on linen on cradled birch panel), once hung , the viewer will be looking into Geoff's eyes at approximately their own eye level - keeping the focus on Headmaster Roberts through this and the graphic shapes of the picture - while still giving the school itself presence.

20th Anniversary of Painters at Painters

David, a "Painter at Painters", attended along with over 20 of the region's noted artists - one elected each year to the annual event at Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, BC. About 1,000 guests - many of them aspiring artists themselves - spend the weekend attending demonstrations, panel discussions and simply watching the artists paint.

This year was especially poignant because of who was not able to attend. Dorothy Oxborough, known for her paintings of native children since the 1930s and the renouned painter of the Yukon, Ted Harrison were amongst those not able to attend for age/health reasons. And we missed Robert Genn - not only a noted painter who has been compared with the Group of Seven but the author of a twice weekly newsletter and website (the Painter's Keys) that reached over 135,000 artists in over 100 countries. Sadly he passed away May 27th just two days after Painters at Painters and we will feel his loss for decades to come.

Some of the artists at Painters this year were Mickie Acierno, Kathryn Amisson,Robert Amos,Nixie Barton, Raymond Chow, Allan Hancock, Keith Hiscock,Grant Leier , Pat Martin Bates, Catherine Moffat, Nicholas Pearce, Janice Robertson, Carole Sabiston, Maarten Schadderlee, Phyllis Serota, Peter Shostak, Nancy Slaght, Mike Svob, Arthur Vickers, Andy Wooldridge, and Alan Wylie.

Federation of Canadian Artists' Distinctive Artistic Achievement Award

"I feel very honored to receive the Federation of Canadian Artists' Distinctive Artistic Achievement Award. As I said recently to Helen Duckworth at the FCA office, we artists tend to be a solitary lot – working away in our studios engrossed in our work, our creative passion – and to have this special community of my peers choose to recognize me in this way touched me and reminded me that we are not alone in this world of easel, brush and paint."

In 2006, David received the FCA's Early Achievement Award for, as the award reads "... gaining International recognition as one of Canada's foremost portrait artists in a relatively short time..."

May 2014 Unveiling of John Anderson Chair of the Board, Collingwood School

Collingwood School unveiled David's oil on canvas portrait of their Chair of the Board, John Anderson set in the School's library.

The portrait was painted from a combination of David's photos and a live sitting.

"So Many Selves at 60" - Self Portrait

"My sixtieth year seemed to demand another self-portrait. Upon reflection we have been so many different selves - some we almost don't recognize and others that seem familiar but not quite accurate any longer. Am I the sum total of all these people or none of them?"

Paul Benson (Benson Industries) - delivered Spring 2014

Paul Benson is a very successful businessman, a major employer in the region, and an intellect. How best to tell his story?

After exploring concepts that included Paul on his factory floor and with his trusty canine companion a composition at his desk, with symbols that exemplify his personal style, was decided upon.

The dodecahedron, an "Archimedian solid", created for Paul by his engineers, is a symobol of his seach for mathematical/engineering perfection of form. His leather chair symbolizes his success in business and his casual attire his hands-on supervision when in the factory.

December 2013 Newsletter

If you would like to see David's December 2013 Newsletter see the News and Events menu or click here.

Portrait of HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, KG, commissioned by the the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, unveiled by Lt. Governor Judith Guichon -November 21, 2013

David's portrait of HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, was unveiled by Her Honour Judith Guichon, Lt. Governor of British Columbia, on November 21, 2013. The portrait was commissioned to celebrate the Duke's visit this summer to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, of which he is the patron.

"It was an honour not only to complete a photo shoot and portrait commission but also to observe the Duke interact with Club members with such unflagging good nature and evident interest during his visit to the RVYC. His Royal Highness made each and every person he spoke to feel as though they truly mattered to him."

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club, one of nine Royal yacht clubs in Canada, was established in 1892 and was granted Royal status in 1911 by King George V.

George Millar of the Irish Rovers

The folk band The Irish Rovers have been delighting audiences around the world with their ballads and rollicking tunes for 50 years now.

"Getting to know George and Anne Millar was a true delight - they are, simply put, kind people. While painting the two portraits of George with his Irish Setter Ruby, I sang along with his CDs (sorry George - I'm a better painter than singer) and generally had a great time."

En plein air painting on the Antrim coast of Ireland - August & September 2013

David spent several weeks on commission in Northern Ireland and England. In the picture to the right he is fighting the strong winds of the north coast of Ireland to paint en plein air.

"The Antrim Coast is one of the most dramatic and beautiful areas I have ever visited. The people are as warm and friendly as the weather can be challenging. I can still smell the peat fire. What a privilege."

Summer and Autumn 2013 - lots on the easel!

As you know, many of my commissions cannot be discussed until they are unveiled so, if you are interested, please see my July 2013 Newsletter (click here) and also check back for more news!

June 27, 2013: Portrait of President David Turpin, University of Victoria unveiled

Dr. Turpin presided over an unprecedented building and expansion program during his 13 years of President of the University of Victoria. A particular favourite of his, among the buildings constructed under his leadership, is the First Peoples House, where we chose to set his portrait.

It was a privilege to setup my easel in this grand cedar hall with its magnificent aboriginal art.

Although he appears in his ceremonial robes, the informality of the pose conveys some of the warmth and friendliness of this gifted man.

June 24, 2013: Portrait of Chancellor Vera Pezer, University of Saskatchewan unveiled

There is so much I could say about retiring Chancellor Vera Pezer of the University of Saskatchewan. An award winning athlete, author and academic, Dr. Pezer told me that her relationship with students over the years was more important than any other achievement. This was born out whereever we went on campus as we took exploratory photographs - students constantly offered hugs, smiles, and begged to be included in the photos!

Wanting to reflect this relationship, I designed this composition to include a frieze of students. The door at left is to the original Convocation Hall through which generations of students passed and the tiles on the wall list the names of an earlier generation who volunteered to fight in WWI.

Most of this painting, including several of the students, were painted from life in a studio on campus provided by the Art Department. Being on campus gave me the opportunity to participate in the ICCC Fellowship Program, giving a talk and participating in post-grad critiques.

June 2013: Portrait of Sue Groesbeck, Principal of Havergal College, Toronto

This portrait of Dr. Sue Groesbeck, Principal of Havergal College, a fine old school for girls in Toronto, reflects the long history of the school through its setting in the library, the international scope of its students through the use of the globe, and its architecture through the image of the college in the painting hanging on the wall.

June 14, 2013: Portrait of West Point Grey Academy's Founding Principal, Clive Austin

This painting of Clive Austin, Founding Headmaster of West Point Grey Academy, pictures him at the piano where students played each lunchtime to entertain and educate their fellows. Mr. Austin greeted every student as he or she entered the building each morning, taking a personal interest in each one.

His extraordinary good humour and affection was evident in each exchange with both staff and students. I hope I've captured that in this portrait.

May 2, 2013: Corporate portrait unveiling in Boston, MA

David attended the May 2, 2013 unveiling of his portrait of a retiring CEO/President of a major international organization. Dan is an avid Red Sox fan so the idea of setting the portrait in Fenway Park emerged. To achieve the perspective in the photo David laid on his back between the rows of seats in Fenway - some of the photos feature the toes of David's shoes!

"I seem to be gifted with interesting, good natured and intelligent clients to paint and this was no exception. It was a pleasure indeed when this painting was well received at the unveiling (only one person had seen the painting so it was a complete surprise)."

March 16 & 17, 2013: Malaspina Art Society

David taught a two day portrait workshop for the Malaspina Art Society in Powell River, BC. Not only was it enjoyable teaching such an interesting and enthusiastic group of students but the setting and travel to Powell River was Nature at its best.

March 1, 2013: Unveiling of portrait of Chancellor Milton Wong and Fei Wong

David attended the March 1, 2013 unveiling of his portrait of Milton Wong, former Chancellor of Simon Fraser University, and Fei Wong. Noted community leaders and philanthropists, Milton lost his fight with cancer last year and the portrait was painted from a combination of historical photos of Milton, David's photos of Fei from a shoot last year in Vancouver and body doubles.

For more information please click here.

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His Highnesses
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh
The Maharaja of Jaipur

Their Royal Highnesses
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
(Prince William & Kate Middleton)


Headmaster Bob Snowden
St. Michaels University School

"Mother and Child, Garidharipuray"
40" x 30" oil on linen

"The Power and the Glory"
Hon. Mention, FCA 75th Anniversary
Exhibiton - Sept 2016

Col (Ret'd) The Hon. Donald S. Ethell
17th Lt. Governor of Alberta

The Hon. Lord Lang of Monkton, oil on linen, unveiled in New York City, New York


"Hard Times" (above), 24" x 30", and "Mountains of Mourne", 18" x 24" (below) are finalists in the Richeson75 Landscape competition.

"Barbara", oil on canvas, 24" x 20"
can be seen at the Portraits Inc. gallery
exhibition "Painting the Good Woman", November - December 2015 in
New York City, New York

"Barbara", oil on canvas, 24" x 20"
can be seen at the Portraits Inc. gallery
exhibition "Painting the Good Woman", November - December 2015 in
New York City, New York

Arabella Magazine: Artist's to Collect
"A Common Sense of Place: by Alex Wright
(online preview shown above - magazine
available in stores such as Chapters )

Dr. Indira Samarasekera, OC, President of the University of Alberta, oil on linen 60” x 40"

John Anderson, President & CEO, Oppy

The Right Reverend Dr. Logan McMenamie, Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia (Anglican Church)

Chief Charlie Mason, Kitasoo/Xai Xais

Paul Clark (1944-2014)
Adventurer upon the oceans

UVic Chancellor Murray Farmer

Headmaster Geoff Roberts, Crescent School

So Many Selves at 60 - Self Portrait

John Anderson, Chair, Collingwood School

Paul Benson, Benson Industries

HRH the Duke of York by David Goatley

HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, KG

George Millar of the Irish Rovers

David Goatley painting en plein air in Ireland

David painting en plein air on the
north coast of Ireland

President David Turpin, UVic

Chancellor Vera Pezer, U of S

Principal Sue Groesbeck
Havergal College, Toronto

Founding Headmast Clive Austin
West Point Grey Academy

Dan, retiring CEO/President, Boston

Unveiling of portrait of Fei and SFU Chancellor Milton Wong.

Portrait of Fei and SFU Chancellor Milton Wong