David Dawson was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised in Ancaster and Galt. He is an honours graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists. He began painting with oils at the age of ten and remembers, “my earliest inspiration in drawing came from my dad when my twin brother and I would sit on either side of him on his big armchair and watch him sketch bucking horses and cowboys”.
He also received encouragement from his grade six teacher who, upon retiring, gave him some of her oil painting books; and from his dad’s Aunt Theresa, who would set him and his brother up with oil paints and canvases in her sunroom surrounded by her flower gardens and goldfish ponds in Brantford, Ontario.
In today’s fast-paced digital world, a great painting can generate feelings of happiness, calm, remembrance and joy and can tie generations together. Few things allude to your intelligence and taste like an original painting in your home. In these times of cutback, teaching our children the value of art is almost entirely up to their parents, as schools eliminate arts programs altogether. A great painting represents the law of increasing returns, and over time it becomes a cherished member of the family.