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 invalueable 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.