Mal Gagnon was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan and received his formal art training at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta majoring in Advertising Art.

In 1973 he came to British Columbia to work as a staff artist for a mining company in the West Kootenay region. It is here that he came to understand the importance of recording our history through visual art when he was commissioned by a financial institution to draw eight images for an ambitious project chronicling the mining history of the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.

In 1988 he moved to the Okanagan where he worked for a leading commercial printing company gaining an invaluable knowledge of the printing process. This led to the self-publishing of his artwork.
His popular detailed painting style has led to many private and corporate commissions among which include mining companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, golf courses and wineries.

His passion for art and the Okanagan are evident in his many paintings that depict the beautiful scenery and exciting places of the Okanagan Valley.


In 2002 he relocated his studio to the Rotary Centre for the Arts in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District.
The Centre's working studio concept encourages the public to visit artist's studios and see first hand how art is created. This has proven to be a very educational and enlightning experience for all that visit the studios.

The Rotary Centre for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts centre providing enjoyment of a wide array of events and festivals. At the RCA, the community can experience artists and performers in action, and share in the excitement of developing and strengthening the Okanagan's cultural heritage.

With seven resident artists, two galleries, an on- site bistro, and the 330-seat Mary Irwin Theatre the Rotary Centre for the Arts has it all. There is a synergy in the halls and studios of the Centre that continues to grow with time.

Lake Scenes

Golf Courses



Sunsets & Street

Prairie Scenes

The Kootenay
Collection 1

The Eighties Kootenay Collection

Early Pencil Drawings

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