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Painting Portraits from Photographs

March 24 - March 26

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3-Day Workshop with David Goatley, SFCA

In this workshop we will explore the positives and pitfalls of painting from photographs. Cameras are marvelous tools, but we need to understand how to get the best from photographs and not to be mislead by them. David will give a simple overview of how to take the kind of photographs that work best, what to look for in a reference picture and what to avoid.

David will provide a sample photograph for everyone to work with on Day 1 and a choice of photographs students may like to work from for Days 2 & 3. Students may bring a good 8.5 x 11” head &
shoulders or head & hands print of a photograph of their own that they’d like to work from for those 2 days if they have a portrait subject already in mind. Through demonstrations and hands-on guidance, David will help you develop your initial drawing, understand the proportions to look for and the techniques you will need to turn your image into a painting.

Art is for sharing. Teaching has been a path of giving back, sharing knowledge, study and growth for me ever since I became a professional artist.

I have taught in schools, colleges, summer programs , art clubs and societies across North America. I enjoy it and student evaluations consistently tell me they are pleased with the classes. It has enriched my life as an artist.

~ David Goatley

10am – 4pm, with 45 minute lunch break, each day. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring a lunch (or visit the food trucks across the street).

Bramwell on stage by Goatley Iona Campagnolo by Goatley

All required health & safety protocols will be in place, at the time of the workshop. These will be communicated to registered participants as they are defined and available.

Supply list is provided with registration.

More about David:

David Goatley is considered one of North America’s foremost portrait painters. He has been awarded Signature Member status by the Portrait Society of America and the Federation of Canadian Artists.

He was born in London, England in 1954 and emigrated to Canada’s west coast in 1992.

David studied painting at London’s Camberwell School of Art before embarking on a successful 16 year advertising career. Whilst advertising did not prove creatively satisfying (the need to paint was never far away) it did give him a taste for hard work, imaginative solutions, and the strong sense of design that has helped make his paintings immediately recognizable. Each of his portraits is as distinct as the individuals in them, capturing the personality and life in his subjects with real feeling. To stand in front of one his portraits is to experience meeting the subject.

It is a skill that has led to over 420 commissions thus far, across Canada, the UK and 24 states of the USA as well as in Israel, Panama, Spain and India. His subjects have included Princes, a Peer, a Prime Minister, Provincial Premiers, five Lt. Governors, First Nations Chiefs and Elders, a Bishop and leaders in Business, Academia, the Arts and the Law as well as numerous families. His work is included in 2 Royal Collections as well as the collections of governments, museums, corporations, institutions and in hundreds of private homes.

David is also a noted muralist and paints the people and places he encounters on his travels for exhibition and sale when his busy schedule of commissions allows.

David currently resides in the Pacific Northwest from where he travels widely to fulfil commissions.


March 24
March 26
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