David Kitler


Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, David's appreciation of nature began in his youth as he explored the Canadian outdoors. Once he realized that the whole world was only a plane trip away, David embarked on longer reference gathering trips to places such as Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, India, Brazil, Panama, and Costa Rica, as well as through most of the United States and Alaska. During this time, David taught himself to draw and paint, experimenting with a variety of media and techniques.


Because of his love of wildlife, David had initially geared his education towards becoming a veterinarian, believing that art could only be treated as a hobby.  Still, while growing up, David received support and encouragement from his mother. He still vividly remembers one of the last things she ever said to him: "Don't let anyone ever tell you that you are not an artist." 


David graduated with honors from the Ontario College of Art, and his paintings are part of corporate and private collections the world over. David is a member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists and the Artists for Conservation Foundation. He has been invited to exhibit in some of North America's major art shows, where he has received a number of Best of Show and Excellence awards.


David’s studio is in Calgary, Alberta. Besides painting, David spends time on research trips and enjoys sharing his passions for nature and art by teaching classes and workshops. 



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