David Maclagan believes in the saying "If you can't draw well, you can't paint well." Further, he has claimed that a good drawing often overshadows a lesser colored painting.
He works comfortably in 40 mediums on a broad range of subject matter from landscape or figures to mystical art. He has had over 40 murals in ceramic, wood, acrylic, plastic latex, glass mosaic, alkyd, co-polymers and including a 120-ft long cast resin, historical window mural and for the Yukon Legislative Buildings. In his book, Location Drawing, David Maclagan has successfully sketched his works of art highlighting the different angles, situations, circumstances of all 56 countries he was able to travel to.
His professions highly involve many forms of art and design since he graduated from the Ontorio College of Art in 1957. He's had regular one-person shows in prominent Canadian galleries since 1970 and paintings in shows in Canada, England, Japan, Mexico, the U.S.A., China and Korea. David Maclagan had 26 years of teaching mediums and techniques, anatomy, drawing, design, and advanced illustration at Capilano College/University in North Vancouver. Moreover, he has become known for his professional researching skills on perception, visual programming, visually enhanced environments, and the universal consistencies of the visual process. He conducted seminars and workshops for art groups throughout western Canada and became a guest lecturer and artist on the Swan Hellenic Cruise Line "Journeys of Discovery in Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
David Maclagan is considered as a Canadian watercolorist, who has been able to paint in 30 countries, all the Canadian provinces and all 50 of the Unites States