Vineyard art snapped up

A painting depicting the Okanagan wine lifestyle has been picked up by a major arts licensing agency in the United States. Kelowna artist David Maclean created "Okanagan Vineyard Retreat" at this studio in Crawford Estates.

Maclean was a traditional brush and canvass artist for 25 years before switching to producing digital art in 2003 after taking a college course to operate a large format printer. "I realized all the things I could do with a brush and canvas I could do on a computer, using the same stroke techniques but with a much larger palette," said Maclean. "It also allows for more layering, which was always something I used when I was using traditional methods."

His works known for their vibrancy and connection to familiar places are now selling throughout the world after he was signed by a prestigious U.K. art agency."David has become one of our top selling most requested artists. We have seen the demand for his work increase dramatically over the past year. My clients are now saying they know it’s David’s art by how his art draws you in, makes you feel like you can walk into the scene and become lost in it." said Raul Turpin with MGL licensing in London. "My job is to find clients for our artists we represent but over the past six months David’s art is snapped up within a day or even hours sometimes. I now have to decide who I’m going to sell/license it to as there are many suitors wanting it from all different continents around the world."

"I sent Okanagan Vineyard Retreat to my agency in London on Monday morning and it was sold (licensed) by end of that day to one of the largest American licensing companies in the world out of Newton Massachusetts," said Maclean.

To see more of his artwork click here.

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