David Howells CV


  • David studied fine arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., and graphic design at the Annapolis Regional Vocational School, Middleton, N.S. where he graduated as Class Valedictorian.


Early Career:

  • At the age of twenty-one, he was painting photorealistically using gouache and water colour.
  • In his mid-twenties, David switched to oil paint.  His palette became more colourful and his style more free.
  • In 1986, he moved to Toronto, Ontario where his work was exhibited in various galleries.  Since then, he has painted full-time.
  • David participated in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition for eight years between 1988 and 1998. 
  • In 1988 his work had gained acceptance by the Karney Daniels Gallery, Yorkville, one of Canada's leading galleries.



  • From 1992 to 1994, his work represented by the Scheider & Assoc. Gallery, Yorkville.
  • In 1996, David's work placed first in the oil painting category at the Allen Town Art Show in Buffalo, New York. A ribbon and cash award were received.
  • Commissioned works have included a church mural, a backdrop for the Department of Wildlife (Kentville. N.S.), book illustrations (private and Parks Canada), a series of stone lithographs (the Del Bello Gallery, Toronto) and he was flown out of province for two major commissions.
  • He has also taught many courses and guest lectured on oil painting (at Seneca College, Toronto) and composition (at the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia). While in Toronto, by request, he volunteered to teach a painting class at the Massey Centre. In 2010, David mentored as part of the Visual Arts Advanced Mentorship Program in Nova Scotia.
  • His art has been exhibited at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto and is in many private and corporate collections in Britain, Europe, Australia, the United States and Canada. He has exhibited in England, the USA and Canada.
  • His work was included in the annual Acadia Art Show (Acadia University) from 2002 - 2006 and participated in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Art Sales and Rental Store's annual group shows ‘Radiance - Capturing the Light’ & ‘Reflections‘.
  • In 2010, David was the first inductee into the Hants County Arts Council's Hall of Fame.
  • Currently a permanent resident of St. Croix, Nova Scotia, David has travelled extensively in almost fifty countries. This broad range of exposure and his love of nature are evident in his paintings, primarily traditional pastoral landscapes and garden scenes.
  • He was actively involved (VP) with the Hants County Arts Council for its first five years (2006 to 2010) and conceived and coordinated its annual art show Festival of Art.



  • ‘Art Impressions Magazine - A Realistic Approach to Art in Canada‘, Winter 1986/87
  • Progressive Editions catalogues, Fine Art, 1995
  • David’s work was included in the 2002-2003 volume of Magazin’ Art’s  Biennial Guide.
  • His work was featured in the book ‘Planet Earth, Planet Art’; published by Mirca Art Group and Bruce Rimell,released March 1st. 2010 as an international fund-raiser for Friends of the Earth International.
  • He was included in the ‘Who’s Who in Visual Art’ Vol. 2010-2011 (English and German editions). 
  • ‘Landscape Paintings by David Howells - A Tribute to Nature', his first self-published book, was released in 2010.
  • In 2010, his work was featured in the book Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Artists - Volume 2
  • In 2015, David's work was included in CBC Radio's 'Sharing the View 2015 Calendar Project' . Calendars were sold province wide in aid of Feed Nova Scotia.



  • Eastlink Television’s interview on David was aired as the ‘feature article‘ on their program Eastlink Magazine in the fall of 2007. It was re-aired in May 2008. The interview is available here.



  • In October, 2011, David was interviewed by Olga Milosevich on CBC radio for the premier of Three Faces of Realism's first public exhibition.