About The Artist
Don Li-Leger's paintings reveal the artist’s intimate knowledge and deep sensitivity to the often hidden realms of nature.
Born and raised in B.C., Don has painted since childhood, focusing initially on the birds and animals of his native province.In later years, extensive field trips to the orient and to wildlife sanctuaries throughout North America extended his vision – and the scope of his subject matter.
Don Li-Leger has experienced a rich and varied life. He travelled around the world in 1971 before studying plant ecology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. He then studied painting with Terry Frost at the Banff Centre School of Fine Art in 1975 and illustration with Frank Beebe, natural history artist with the B.C. Provincial Museum. In 1977, Don studied print-making at Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C. where he received a Canadian Nature Artist Scholarship Award.While Don lived here, his paintings of birds and other nature themed pieces became very sought after by collectors.
Oriental Visions Series
"The paintings in the series grew out of my intensive involvement with monoprints, where I improvised and combined various imagery with broad areas of rolled-on saturated colour.Here, I have returned to painting, in my desire to integrate the spontaneity and liveliness of oriental brushwork that has long inspired and influenced me.
Using Chinese as well as Western bristle brushes, I apply acrylic paint and gels on canvas, often layering transparent colour or rice paper collage to achieve desired effects.As with much of my work, nature remains an underlying theme.In some paintings the calligraphy is taken from ancient Japanese and Chinese poems, and reflects my interest and studies in Asian painting, travels, and philosophy."
His work has been featured in exhibitions throughout North America, including the prestigious Leigh-Yawkey Woodson travelling exhibit, and is represented in many private collections.
Don Li-Leger works from a British Columbia studio/home he shares with his wife, Cora, also an artist, and their two children.
Ernst and Young
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Gallery
Canadian Wildlife Service
World Wildlife Fund
B.C. Fishing Resorts Association
Second Century Fund
2002 Journey, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
2001-02 NY Art Expo, New York, NY
1993-94 Wetlands & Waterfowl, Canadian Museum of Nature
1991 Wildlife Habitat Canada Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1991 Beautiful B.C., Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1990 Conservation Art Exhibition, Vancouver, B.C.
1989 Carmanah-Artistic Visions of an Ancient Rainforest, Vancouver
1983-84 Birds In Art - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Gallery, Wausau, WI
National Geographic Society, Washington Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver
Houston Museum of Natural Science
1982 Spirit of the Wild, World Wildlife Fund Toronto, ON
2003 Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
2002 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2000-02 Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1998 Marshall Clark Gallery, Tsawwassen, BC
1989 Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1987 Canadian Pavillion, Epcot Centre, Orlando, FL
Red Poppies 20 x 20 x 1.5 in. Acrylic on canvas
Book Don Li-Leger -Paintings- 12.25 x 10 x 0.75 in. Print Media
Radiant Garden 32 x 44 in. Acrylic on canvas
Spring Garden 30 x 40 in. Acrylic on canvas
Teahouse Garden 48 x 54 in. Acrylic on canvas
Warm Garden 54 x 54 in. Acrylic on canvas
Alternatives 36 x 36 in. Acrylic on canvas
Berlin Wall 12 x 12 in. Resin Acrylic Collage on Board