David Arathoon has achieved national success with numerous solo and group exhibitions in many private and public galleries, such as the Hummingbird Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto. His colourful paintings, recently termed, "EXUBERANT" by Chatelaine Magazine, are in numerous corporate and private collections in Canada, USA, Australia, Hong Kong and other countries. The artist lives and works in Toronto, but is frequently travelling to find beautiful subject matter to paint. For some years a well known Toronto art dealer exhibited David Arathoon's work in his Yorkville gallery, Toronto as well as in Miami and Hong Kong at Inter-national Art Events. Hong Kong has been a family destination for over a hundred years; see "My Interests" photo links. Many paintings are in Hong Kong and a sister collection of 18 canvases are housed at : Queen's Landing of the Vintage Inns fame, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

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Mr. Arathoon has been instrumental in successful fundraising efforts with his original art and limited edition prints. His prints have raised over $100,000 for various charities such as the National Ballet of Canada with the original print, Waltz of the Flowers, unveiled by former Mayor Barbara Hall, and Honourary Chairs Vanessa Harwood and Reed Anderson. Other organizations that have benefited include, The Junior League of Toronto, Metro Central YMCA, Junior Achievement of Toronto, Casey House and Trinity Home Hospice.

David Arathoon is the founder of the successful and popular annual fundraiser: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, which has raised nearly one million dollars for the terminally ill Home Hospice Care Programs. A creative committee and the generosity of international celebrities have kept the event unique. Karen Kain was the first Honorary Chair, followed by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Ali McGraw.

His paintings are included in many homes and public locations. Some corporate collections include: Vintage Inns, Queen's Landing Hotel Niagara on the Lake ( 18 canvases ), Toronto's Market Gallery, Holiday Inn, Toronto, Movenpick Restaurants, Board of Trade, Humber College ( 9 canvases ), Sunnybrook and Wellesley Hospitals, Canadian Tire Corporation, and Bell Canada. While the artist prefers to meet his local collectors in person, he was represented by several well known galleries, including: Whitten Gallery, King City, Gallerie Shayne, Montreal, The Russell Gallery, Peterborough, Harbour Gallery, Port Credit and McLaren-Barnes, Oakville, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Pegassus Gallery of Canadian Art, Salt Spring Island B.C.

Inspiration : Barbara Hall, June Callwood, Marianne Williamson