Doug Swinton

Calgary, AB

Snow Study by Doug Swinton

Snow Study

5.5″ x 7″ – oil – $625
Shores of Moraine by Doug Swinton

Shores of Moraine

8″ x 6″ – oil – $800
Snow Bank by Doug Swinton

Snow Bank

12″ x 9″ – oil – $1,050
Ice Flow by Doug Swinton

Ice Flow

9″ x 12″ – oil – $1,050
Dogwood by Doug Swinton

Dogwood

6.5″ x 9.5″ – oil – $800
Minus 20 C by Doug Swinton

Minus 20 C

8″ x 8″ – oil – $800
Castlegar Afternoon by Doug Swinton

Castlegar Afternoon

6″ x 8″ – oil – $700
Stopher Creek by Doug Swinton

Stopher Creek

8″ x 10″ – oil – $900

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.

Bill Mittag

Doug Swinton

I never really intended to make art a career, but it just keeps happening. Maybe it’s living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains 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 maybe it was all the doodles and drawings that adorned each and every page of my math book. Somehow, 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.
How do I describe my art? That’s like trying to hit a moving target. Just when I think it’s going in one direction, the ever elusive leopard slips away and changes its spots.
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 bored very easily so I tend to flit from subject to subject. But, as J R Tolkien said, “Not all those who wander are lost”. No matter what the subject, the aim is always the same: the most amount of information with the least amount of brushstrokes.
There’s no better place to live than Canada. 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, and to me there is still nothing more beautiful than a cold beer, a hot Calgary summer sunset and a paint brush.