Artist Statement

Art is my signature move, it’s my go to pitch, my home ice advantage but most importantly it’s been my front row ticket to explore, see and feel the world of sport.

It allows me to get into places I otherwise wouldn't have. It introduces me to people I wouldn't normally talk to and it has proven a most potent vehicle for celebrating my love of sports art and life.

Most profoundly my art is my message. There is a secret embedded into each one of my paintings. "Do what you Love and Love what you do."

I paint from the inside out. Though I work as deliberately as I can, consciously employing traditional techniques, with my own innovations, my unconscious is my general manager.

"Art is my signature move, it’s my go to pitch, my home ice advantage but most importantly it’s been my front row ticket to explore, see and feel the world of sport."


-Rob MacDougall


I paint from memory and from photographs and sometimes from video. I start with a foundation drawing, strong design layered images, storytelling montages that either tell the story of a single moment in time or capture an athlete’s essence at different times of their career.

My love for sport and athletics started it. Sports have always struck me as magical. There is something within sports that captures us, and at the very centre of sports are the athletes themselves. Like any great story at the heart are authentic, compelling characters.

Myself, I am particularly fascinated with the energetic drive and aura of athletes. Most of my art tends to include a profile of the athletes face up close and personal. It represents the person. The second feature is the man in motion. Doing what he loves to do, playing the game he loves to play.

Over the years, painting has filled me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity. I love the creative power which painting gives me. Now those passions have transformed me.



© 2011 robmacdougall