This artist is a signature member of both the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and is a frequent participant in international art exchange programs. His many award winning paintings have been exhibited in solo shows, group shows and international shows including, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS). Examples of his paintings and articles have been featured in a number of publications The International Artist’s Magazine.
McDiarmid’s paintings include works in oils, acrylics and watermedia. Various forming processes and a random or more explorative start are employed in developing the visual image. A love of paint and creative process is evident in the energized surfaces that result.Like the art of short story telling, his paintings integrate human activity and surroundings in a visual narrative that invites the viewer in, to discover and explore, to complete the story or continue the inner journey or experience. Contemporary interpretations of subject matter evolve as representational and semi abstract images.
In addition to being a prolific painter, McDiarmid is respected as an instructor and mentor to emerging as well as established artists. As a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, his service activities have included positions at the board level, VP level, and contributions to workshop and educational programs. He has been instrumental in the start up and administration of numerous studio art educational programs within the organization as well as with other local arts organizations. Annual workshop instruction includes activity in Canada, US, Britain, France and Spain.
McDiarmid’s paintings can be found in commercial galleries and corporate and private collections in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Britain, Europe, Korea, Japan and China.