I was born and raised in BC with an aptitude for drawing, that developed into a fierce desire to become a painter. My 7 years of formal education at Emily Carr and Concordia Universities enabled me develop a studio practice that began in Vancouver in 1998. In 2010 I returned to Vancouver Island with my partner and cat, where I feel a deeper connection to nature. The slowness of painting allows me to fully embody my relationship with the world around me, and communicate this with you. Details often overlooked in life can be profound and nuanced. And I’ve learned to trust my eye. Whatever attracts me finds meaning in good time. My realist visual language comes naturally from a classical upbringing where patience was encouraged. I magnify my subjects to encourage observation and pause. I exhibit regularly in galleries and enjoy commissioned work. Don Cunningham is an abstract painter and fine woodworker, offering elegantly designed pieces in locally sourced wood: arbutus, yellow cedar, western maple, etc.