Born in 1962, David Lidbetter developed an early appreciation for the Canadian wilderness.

As a child the times spent traveling with his family through scenic provinces became the catalyst for his future painting career and an intensive art studio program in his formative teenage years solidified his love for art.

After many years of exploring various mediums and subject matter, Lidbetter has spent the last 20 painting highly identifiable and unquestionably Canadian landscapes in oil.

He works close to his home and studio in Ottawa, Canada in areas like Temagami, Gatineau and Algonquin Park. It is no coincidence that his work is reminiscent to the vistas explored by other landscape painters like Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven.

In fact David’s work has been recognized as highly collectible and described as “contemporary feeling Group of Seven scenes pared down to their essentials. [Where] mood seems more important than the actual details of forests, rivers and skies.”

David will spend hours and sometimes days in local forests and nearby lakes photographing, studying, sketching and absorbing the information he will later turn into larger paintings. He works primarily in oil on board and most recently has introduced casein and watercolours.

He says of his ever-evolving work “The scenes that capture me are often the ones that would immediately be overlooked by others. Something usually catches my eye, such as a change of light or a strong contrast of colour and shapes”

Solo Exhibitions

2016   Silent Spaces             Wall Space Gallery                Ottawa, Ontario
2016   Recent Works            Muse Gallery                          Toronto, Ontario
2015   Resonator                    Muse Gallery                          Toronto, Ontario  
2014   Recent Works             PEC Studio House                 Wellington, Ontario
2013   Wanderings                Muse Gallery                          Toronto, Ontario
2012   Vision                           Terence Robert Gallery         Ottawa, Ontario
2008   Natural Silence          Terence Robert Gallery         Ottawa, Ontario
2006   Stimulus                     Rothwell Rothwell Gallery                    Ottawa, Ontario
2005   Point of View              Galerie du ParcParc                     Chelsea, Quebec
2004   Natural Expression    Gallery Old Chelsea              Chelsea, Quebec
2004   Local Colour               Rothwell RothwellGallery                    Ottawa, Ontario

Group Exhibitions

2017   Algonquin Art Centre           Algonquin Park, Ontario
2016   Galerie Bloom                      Montreal, Quebec
2016   Algonquin Art Centre           Algonquin Park, Ontario
2015   Algonquin Art Centre           Algonquin Park, Ontario
2015   Love Art Fair                          Toronto, Ontario 
2014   Ottawa Art Expo                    Ottawa, Ontario
2014   Buckhorn Fine Art Festival                     Ottawa Buckhorn, Ontario
2014   Algonquin Art Centre           Algonquin Park, Ontario
2014   New Art Festival                    Ottawa, Ontario
2014   Love Art Fair                          Toronto, Ontario
2013   Pop-Up Gallery                     Ottawa, Ontario
2013   Boston Fine Art Show           Boston, MA USA
2013   New Art Festival                    Ottawa, Ontario
2011   The New Art Festival             Ottawa, Ontario – winner Best in Show (painting)
2011   Algonquin Art Centre            Algonquin Park, Ontario
2010   The Artist Project                  Toronto, Ontario
2009   New Art Festival                   Ottawa, Ontario 
2007   Art in the Park                       Ottawa, Ontario
2005   Ottawa Art Gallery                Ottawa, Ontario
2005   Elmwood Art Fair                  Ottawa, Ontario
2005   Ottawa Art Festival               Ottawa, Ontario
2004   Home & Art Fair                    Ottawa, Ontario
2004   Art in the Garden                  Ottawa, Ontario 
2004   Ottawa Art Festival               Ottawa, Ontario