Archived New and Events
(up to and including 2012)

November 1, 2012: Unveiling of Lt. Governor Steven L. Point portraits

David attended the November 1, 2012 unveiling of his two oil portraits of the Honourable Steven L. Point (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl), British Columbia’s 28th Lieutenant Governor. One, as the official vice-regal portrait, will reside in Government House in Victoria and the other was a gift from the Government House Foundation to His Honour.

David’s goal was to portray the intelligence, dignity and humour that is an integral part of His Honour’s nature. Both of the portraits feature aboriginal art, part of the Government House collection, as well as the 20 kilogram traditional uniform of B.C.’s Lt. Governor. Also depicted are the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal, the Order of British Columbia Medal and the Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem medal.

“It was an honour to paint a man who has made such a significant contribution to British Columbia.”

For more information on the unveiling click here.


November 3 & 4, 2012: Portraits in Oil
(2 day workshop - 9:30 - 4:30, registration deadline Oct 26)

Coast Collective at Esquimalt Lagoon
Phone: (250) 391-5522

Portraits are one of painting's greatest challenges, but there are ways of approaching them that can help you rise to the challenge! Over this weekend we will explore the basic proportions of the head, the drawing difficulties of capturing a likeness, the importance of tone to building convincing form and the complexities of colour- painting what you actually see in a face, rather than what you think you know. Working from a model, we'll start out in Black and White paint, progressing to colour as the weekend develops. David will demonstrate every step of the way, showing you the techniques that have made him one of this country's most respected portrait painters.


Sidney Fine Art Show
October 12 - 14, 2012

David was honoured to jury the 2012 Sidney Fine Art Show along with fellow Jurors Sandra Fraser, Associate Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, and this year's returning juror, water colour painter Don Farrell, SFCA.

You can have a sneak peek at David's painting "Telling It Like It Is", which will be part of the Artists For an Oil Free Coast exhibition (see June 2012 entry below).


Summer 2012

It was a busy summer with David travelling for commissions to London England, New York, Boston, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Saskatchewan. He also travelled to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Malta so watch for new paintings in his galleries featuring his impressions of those countries. A highlight was experiencing ("seeing" would be an inadequate word) the Caravagio paintings in Rome and on Malta.


August 17-19th, 2012: Portraiture
(3 day workshop)

Whistler Art Workshops -
Whistler Arts Council

Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19th, 2012
at Alta Lake Station House, Whister, BC Phone: (604) 935-8410 Email:

David will be teaching a 3 day workshop.

Working from models, students will explore the challenges of portraiture over 3 days. Students will cover proportions of the head, building convincing features, the importance of tone, colour mixing and value, and techniques to help them make lively and engaging portraits in oil. David will be painting alongside his students and demonstrating every step of the way. Although this is intended as an oil class, acrylic painters are welcome.


July 23, 2012: Portraits in Oil
(5 day workshop)

Gibsons School of the Arts

Monday, July 23 - Friday July 27th, 2012 at Gibsons School of the Arts, Gibsons, BC Phone: (604) 886-9349 or (604) 885-2220

David will be teaching a 5 day workshop.

Students will explore the challenges of portraiture over 5 days, working from models. Students will cover proportions of the head, building convincing features, the importance of tone, colour mixing and value, and techniques to help them make lively and engaging portraits in oil. David is very much a hands-on teacher, painting alongside his students and demonstrating every step of the way. Although this is intended as an oil class, acrylic painters are welcome.

June-July 2012

New Series of Paintings - the People of Klemtu

David has begun a new series of paintings based upon his time at Klemtu and the Great Bear Rainforest. He hopes to return soon. For more information see The People of Klemtu page.

June 2012

Artists for an Oil-free Coast

The fragile beauty and unique bio-diversity of BC’s coastal wilderness may be at risk if tankers are permitted to sail through the narrow and dangerous channels of the north and central coast. Over a two-week period 50 artists will travel to this remote area to paint and sculpt their interpretation of the flora and fauna.

David will be spending a week photographing, sketching and painting the people and who would be most effected by a tanker oil spill, in the environment that could so easily be destroyed. These materials along with the stories he hears, the conversations, the concerns and emotions, will provide the basis for paintings to be completed in his studio.

The works resulting from this diverse group of artists' visit will be combined with prose and poetry and published as an art book entitled "Canada's Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast", scheduled for publication in the fall of 2012. The original art, donated by the artists, will become part of a traveling Canadian art show to raise public awareness.

The project is the brain child of artist Mark Hobson and David was pleased to join the group when Mark called to outline Art for an Oil-Free Coast and asked him to participate.

In addition to the contribution of the time, talent and costs covered by the artists, the project relies on funding through the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, accommodation and generous support from First Nations communities, eco-tour operators, lodges, commercial vessels and other coastal businesses that support this objective are making the art expedition possible.

For more information and for ways to help support the project visit

Other artists involved in the project include: Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Mae Moore, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson, Michael Svob, Alison Watt, and Ben Davidson.


April 2012

New York Paintings at the Morris Gallery

A recent visit to New York City inspired a small series of paintings of New York. You will find them at the Morris Gallery in Victoria, BC.


March 4, 2012

Eric Charman, OC, OBC, Unveiling

David's portrait of Eric Charman, philanthropist extraordinaire, was unveiled at a celebration of Eric's 80th birthday fund-raising event for the Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. David has great admiration for Eric and was proud to be among the many supporters of the event - the portrait was both a gift to Eric and a fund raiser.

October 28, 2011

Jeneece Edroff
Unveiling at Queen Alexandra Foundation donor celebration

The Queen Alexandr Foundation unveiled a portrait of Jeneece Edroff at a gathering of more than 125 donors. David also presented a portratit to Jeneece's family - a personal gift to them for the amazing fundrasing work they have done for Jeneece Place at Victoria General Hospital.

For more information this portrait or the unveling please click here.

September 1-24, 2011

A Shared Journey
The Portraits of David Goatley. A Retrospective.

The Nanaimo Art Gallery

The Port City of Nanaimo becomes the first public art gallery to host a retrospective of David's portraits. Drawing together 58 works spanning 19 years of public and private commissions loaned from government and personal collections in BC. The show also features family and self portraits illustrating David's development as an artist and a man.

Opening reception Sept. 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm
150 Commercial St., Nanaimo, BC

For more information click here or see the Retrospective Exhibition page under News and Events. To view a PDF version of the show's catalogue click here.

June 19, 2011 onwards at Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island

David's Work Now at Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island

David is proud to join the group of noted artists represented by Razali Wahab's Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island. The gallery may be found at 3104-115 Fulford Ganges Road (Grace Point Square) in Ganges. Phone: 1-866-537-8822 or see the Gallery 8 website at

A selection of David's paintings, based upon his travels far and wide, may be found and purchased from the Gallery 8 website.

June 26, 2011

Artishow Plein Air Event at the Fairmont Empress

David will be participating in the inaugral Artishow Pleain Air Event in Victoria BC.

The aim of Artishow is to combine artists and hotels in a way that makes Victoria a great art destination. David kicked the whole thing off with his residency/solo show at the iconic Fairmont Empress in Nov-Dec 2010 (see below). There are now over 40 artists on-board participating at several of the city's major venues.

Lets hope for good weather!

June 9, 2011

Lawrence P. Goldman, Founding President and CEO
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, New Jersey

Larry Goldman drove the creation of NJPAC from the very beginning. It's achievements are the fullfilment of his vision and dream. It seemed only fitting to paint him in the hall that has meant so much to him.

For more information this portrait or the unveling please click here.

June 3, 2011

Judge Douglas P. Woodlock
Unveiling in Boston

Close to 400 guests, including city dignitaries, representatives of State and Federal Government and Supreme Court Justice Hon. Stephen Breyer gathered to celebrate 25 years of Judge Douglas P. Woodlock's service on the bench and to see his portrait unveiled.

It was a huge gathering of legal talent that did the judge proud.

For more information this portrait or the unveling please click here.

May 28-29, 2011

Painters at Painters

33 of BC's finest painters get together every year at Painter's Lodge, Campbell River, to demonstrate their skills for the visiting public. Over 1,000 tickets are sold for this prestigious event every year. David will once again be giving a portrait demonstration on the Sunday morning. This is his 9th year at Painters, an event that he regards as a highlight of his painting calendar.

Painters at Painters 2010

May 25-27, 2011

The Old Schoolhouse (TOSH) - Qualicum Beach Workshop

David will be teaching 3 days of portraiture in this splendid old schoolhouse in this picturesque seaside community. With a maximum class size of 10, this will be an intimate and informative workshop.

TOSH 2010

May 7-8, 2011

Abbotsford Workshop

The Fraser Valley Chapter of the FCA hosted David for a weekend portrait workshop at Abbotsford's fine Reach Art Museum and Gallery. 16 students shared 2 terrific models that gave them plenty of challenge - striking coloring, dramatic looks and enjoyable personalities made for 2 days of fun painting.


April 29, 2011

CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event

As a past Honorary Chair of this event, David was delighted to once again support the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) with a gift of an original oil painting, Richmond Bridge, from his London series.

The art auction will be held April 29, 2011 at the Crystal Gardens in Victoria, BC. Tickets are $375 per couple.

Richmond Bridge Oil Painting


February 2011

New Works by David Goatley and Keith Hiscock
at the Morris Gallery

A selection of new work by David Goatley and Keith Hiscock, two noted West Coast artists were a strong duo in a show at the Morris Gallery.

November through December 2010

Artist in Residence, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria

From November 1st to December 31st  David will be the first artist in a new program launching the concept of Artist in Residence at this famous Victoria landmark, the historic Empress, named for Queen Victoria.

Fairmont Empress Hotel

He will be painting his response to the gorgeous interior and  its busy life, working to capture the people and environment that have made this magnificent harbour front Hotel a must-see on any visit to the West Coast.

Working from a dedicated studio/gallery on the mezzanine floor, David will also be also be painting portraits during his tenure.

This is a great opportunity for guests to enjoy the ultimate pampering experience - sitting for the beginnings of a portrait created against a rich choice

of opulent backdrops that the spledid interior of the Empress provides, whilst enjoying the finest wines and cuisine in the city and taking advantage of the spa, pool and gym , local  life and atmosphere that make a stay here truly memorable.  To book your portrait experience at the Empress contact the hotel at  or call 1 800 992 2694

And do come by and say hello if you are in town - David would love to meet you and share his work.

October 2010

Sidney Fine Art Show

David will be among the award winners at this, Vancouver Islands biggest and most prestigious fine art show, over the weekend of October 15th -17th.

388 works from some of the country's finest artists will be on display at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC, starting with a gala opening on Thursday, the14th from 7-9.30pm.  The show continues the 15th, 16th  from 9am until 9pm and  from 9am -5pm on Sunday the 17th.

The following works from David will be featured:

The Reluctant Sitter, Montmartre  30x40

The Night Cafe, Paris  30x40

London Calling  40x30

May 2010

"Looking Back" - a Solo Show at the Morris Gallery

"Looking Back" brought together 40 paintings and drawings spanning David's recent career. It showcased the "Children of Haiti" painting (see below), that spearheaded Langford's fund raising efforts.

The show was covered by local television and press and was well received.

March 2010 - ongoing

Fundraising Effort by Langford Team to Help Haiti Orphanage

Sometimes a story touches your heart and you can see a way to help a little.

We all saw the first pictures from the Haiti earthquake. A team in Langford BC saw them and immediately determined to do something real and concrete. They would rebuild an orphange, wrecked by the quake. But how to raise the money? They needed $150,000 - and fast. The children's, home, school and security was gone and the situation was urgent.

When my partner saw their story on  the TV news, she knew we should help - she put me in touch with the team leadership and I offered to make a painting of the orphans, a picture we could make Giclee's and prints from, to create both an original and a signed limited edition they could use as a fund raiser. 

I painted as quickly as I could, Digital Direct Services stepped up with a generous break on making the prints, Art World generously donated a frame for the original, Lance Morris at Morris Gallery agreed to feature the painting in a show. The whole team got behind the image, making it the centrepiece of the campaign, and hit on the idea of giving prints to all who would donate above $500, giclees to donors above $5000. 

The fundraising campaign  launched at a gala dinner and I was truly honoured and humbled to see my picture up front and centre, to share in the tears and joy, as guests watched a short film about the project that touched all our hearts , and then to watch the response.  Everybody went home with a print, all the giclees were gone, and, in a little over  two hours, the team had $175,000 for the project.  People are so generous.  The team are working so hard.

I was thrilled to be a small part of it - my humble print is now in Haiti, Africa, Italy, the USA and dotted across Canada.  The new buildings are rising from the ruins, the children  are fed, housed and back in school,  but most of all, they know someone cares.

For more on this story and to donate, go to:




Lt. Governor Steven L. Point


"Black and White" Times Square, New York


"Hunger on 5th", New York


"Telling It Like It Is" - Chief Charlie Mason


Eric Charman

"Chair of Chairs"
Eric Charman, OC, OBC



Jeneece Edroff

"Jeneece Edroff, OBC" Philanthropist


Larry Goldman

Lawrence P. Goldman, President & CEO
New Jersey Performing Arts Center


Douglas P Woodlock

Hon. Judge Douglas P. Woodlock
John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, Boston, MA



Teaching a Workshop at
The Old School House, Qualicum Beach


The Reluctant Sitter

"The Reluctant Sitter" - A Street Artist in Paris


Night Cafe

"Night Cafe" - Paris


London Calling

"Qualicum Scene" - Winner of Grand Prix
d' Art Plein Air Race in Qualicum Beach


Team Haiti from Langford to rebuilt orphanage

Painting used by Team Haiti as a fund raising focus - the original and prints of this painting of six of the orphans.