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
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.