Dermot McKeown began painting in oils on the east coast of Ireland
where he grew up. His paintings from that period reflect the subdued
tones and atmospheric lighting of the region. His move to South
Africa in 1984 had a profound effect on his painting, prompting him
to explore larger formats, stronger contrasts and bolder colours. He
also produced work in other media, primarily watercolour and
acrylics but has since returned to oils as his primary medium.

He has lived in Canada since 1988. These days, the inspiration for
most of his work comes from the Toronto's bustling streets as well as
the more tranquil scenes to be found  in and around his local
neighbourhood of Port Credit.

McKeown is a past president of the Mississauga Art Society and has
been an instructor at Visual Arts Mississauga for more than ten years.
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