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Douglas Purdon is a man who wears many hats He is well-known as a painter a writer and also as a teacher The majority of his life has been devoted to developing his painting talents however Purdon in fact has been quoted as saying I cant remember not having a pencil and paper This paper will examine the various artistic talents of Purdon as well as some of the design elements and principles used in his works Purdons initial experiences in the Arts were not very well received As early as Grade 1 he was labelled a rebel by his teacher for not coloring between the lines His first report card commented that Douglas lacks co-ordination and artistic ability httpwwwnitalelandcom wwwnitalelandcom However he persevered throughout his formative years and finally in 1992 graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Fine Arts It was also at this stage of his life that he decided to devote his energies full time to reaching his dream of becoming a painter Over the course of his career Purdon has received many prestigious awards In 1998 he was elected to the Society of Canadian Artists He is also a professional member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto His works can be viewed at many of the most famous studios in North America These include Studio 737 Tweed Ontario Barber Gallery Guelph Ontario Arnold Art - Newport RI USA ARTredSPOT Westport CT USA and Kranenburg Fowler - Oban Scotland Doug also has paintings that are in private and corporate collections in Canada US and Britain Purdon has also distinguished himself as a writer In 1998 he wrote Color Secrets-North light Publications Although no longer in publication North light has reprinted selected chapters in Keys to Painting - Texture Surfaces and Keys to Painting - Color and Value which are still available His painting Morning Departure was included in the AugustSeptember issue 38 of
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