Doug Swinton


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MEDIUM: Oil Paint | Acrylic Paint | Watercolor Art | Graphite Art
SPECIALTY: ✔ Generalist

I never really intended to make art a career it just keeps happening. Maybe it’s living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and being surrounded the spectacular landscape. Maybe it’s that my mom was always in the kitchen painting wicker baskets of bright fruit with Chianti wine bottles, or may it was all the doodles and drawings that adorned each and  every page of my math book. But some how, art has now become my career.

Since my childhood, drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. A big part of me never really left kindergarten. I still live for the “Hey Mom, look what I  made!” I think exhibiting in galleries is just a bit of an extension of that. Canada couldn’t be a better place to live. But for me as an artist, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills and mountains of Alberta makes my home province a never-ending dream. I’ve been lucky, and have painted in many countries, but to me there is still nothing more beautiful than a cold beer and a hot Calgary summer sunset.

Art is not a living; it’s living the art.

Motorbike painting by Doug Swinton
painting of a sunset by doug swinton
painting of a woman by doug swinton
painting of a boat in water
Painting of a street by Doug Swinton
painting of a countryside by Doug Swinton


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Specialty: ✔ Generalist



Colour and Composition


Technique Demos


Supplies and Tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend


Studio Setup for Art Production


Providing Art Critiques


Teaching How to Self Critique

Understanding Art Materials



Shows and Exhibits



Pricing Artwork


Approaching Galleries


Running your art business the day-to-day


Studio Time Management


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painting of a river in a forest
hot to mix geen paint right every time blog graphic

Doug Swinton has the enviable reputation of being one of Canada’s premier outdoor painters.  Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Doug depicts the foothills and mountains of the Canadian Rockies with powerful movement, light, and bold colour.

Doug’s knowledge of art and his willingness to share this knowledge with his art students has earned him a reputation as an outstanding artist and instructor.  His classes include topics such as color theory, composition, life drawing, and outdoor, or “plein air” painting.

Since he grew up watching his mother paint, art has always been an important part of Doug’s life.  However, he says, “I never really intended to make art a just keeps happening.”   There seems to be no doubt, that with his love of painting outdoors, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills and mountains of Alberta make his home province, perfect for this talented man.

Doug Swinton’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States, as well as Europe.  He was one of twenty-three artists invited to exhibit at the prestigious “Hockaday Museum of Art” in Kalispell, Montana in the show, “A Timeless Legacy: Peace Park 2018”.  His exhibition piece, “High Waterton Range” was purchased for the Hockaday’s permanent collection.

"How do you describe my art? That’s like trying to hit a moving target. Just when I think its going one direction ever elusive leopard slips away and changes its spots. Slathering thick viscid paint on a freshly unwrapped canvas is sensual and venereal.

"For me it’s always been more about the doing than the end product. It’s like being at a live concert. The energy that comes from the doing is a highly powerful thing. I also get board very easy so I tend to flit from subject to subject. As J R Tolkien said, “not all that wander are lost”. No matter what the subject, it’s always the same, the most amount of information with the least amount of brushstrokes."   ~ Doug

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