Andrew McDermott IAPS/MC,SFCA,PSC

“It is better to paint for one minute a day than to think about it for 24 hours a day; one learns more in that one minute of painting than in thinking about it for 24 hours.”


Andrew is the past President and a senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Andrew was born in Bolton, England and moved to Canada at a young age.  Upon College graduation in Graphic Design and Illustration, he studied and further refined his own unique style, winning top awards in both Canada and the US.  His personal favorite is the Master Circle Medallion for the International Association of Pastel Societies, presented in New Mexico in 2013.  Having many published articles, included The Artist magazine 25 under 40.  Andrew has also had full feature articles in top art magazines such as International Artist, The Artist UK, Magazin'art, and the Pastel Journal.  Andrew is a popular workshop Instructor and gives demos and lessons at many educational facilities, he is a life/figure drawing Instructor for the Illustration department at Capilano University, Langara College, and for the 3D Animation department at the Vancouver Film school. 


  • Graphic Design and Illustration, Capilano College

  • Painting Theory and Application, Federation of Canadian Artists

  • Training for Trainers Series, Langara College


  • Signature Member, Pastel Society of Canada

  • Past president FCA board chair, senior member, and instructor, Federation of Canadian Artists

  • Pastel Society of the West Coast

  • Pastel Artists of Canada


  • 2019 Pure Pastel book, North Light + Impact books

  • 2017 Practique Des Art's Magazine, Nov issue, Acrylic techniques

  • 2016 Pastel Journal, July/Aug issue, "on the other side of the easel"

  • 2011 Pastel Journal, August issue, winter article

  • 2008 The Artist UK magazine, March issue, feature article

  • 2007 The Artist's Magazine, March issue

  • 2007 Magazin'art, winter issue, feature article

  • 2007 International Artist, Dec/Jan issue, feature article

  • 2006 Pastel Journal, Sep/Oct issue, feature article

  • 2004 100 Ways to Paint: Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes. Volume 1 Book

  • 2003 Pastel Journal, March/April issue, feature article

  • 2002 International Artist, Oct/Nov issue

  • 2000 Pastel Artist International, Nov/Dec issue, feature article

  • 2000 Best of Canadian Pastels Book


  • 2019 FCA postcard competition, 1st place

  • 2019 Oil and Water show, South Delta Artists guild, 2nd place

  • 2019 Pastel Journal 100, Honorable mention Still Life

  • 2017 FCA Medal Show. SFCA Gold Medal

  • 2017 The Pastel Society of the West coast, Pastels USA, UArt award

  • 2015 The Northwest Pastel Society, Best in Show

  • 2014 The Northwest Pastel Society, Bill McEnroe Award

  • 2013 The Northwest Pastel Society, Juror’s Award

  • 2013 IAPS The Master Circle Designation Award

  • 2011 FCA Early Achievement Award

  • 2011 Pastel 100 Competition, Honorable Mention

  • 2010 FCA Medal Show, Award of Excellence

  • 2009 The Pastel Society of the West Coast, Holbein Award of Excellence

  • 2008 The Richeson 75 International Landscape, First place Pastels

  • 2008 The Richeson 75 International Small Works, Best in Show

  • 2008 The Pastel Society of the West Coast, Rtistx Award Pastels USA

  • 2007 The Northwest Pastel Society, Jack Richeson Award

  • 2006 FCA Painting on the Edge open international, Opus Award

  • 2006 The Pastel Society of Canada, the Jack Richeson Award

  • 2006 The Artists Magazine, finalist landscape category

  • 2004 FCA Small Picture Show, the Silver Emblem

  • 2004 The Pastel Society of America, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Award

  • 2004 IAPS open international, the bronze award

  • 2004 Artists Magazine, finalist in the experimental category

  • 2003 Spillsbury FCA Gold Medal, FCA medal show

  • 2003 People's Choice award, and the McMurray, Roberts, Heming and Wyborn award

  • 2003 Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society Award

  • 2003 The Pastel Journal Magazine, the Pastel 100 Grand Prize Award

  • 2003 Pastel Journal Magazine, Honorable Mention, Landscape Category

  • 2002 Pastel Journal Magazine, finalist, Landscape category

  • 2001 Pastel Journal Magazine, finalist, Landscape category

  • 2000 The Pastel Society of Canada, the Peace Arch News Award

  • 2000 FCA, Christmas Show, the Daniel Izzard Award


  • (IAPS) International Association of Pastel Societies

  • Pastel Society of Canada

  • Pastel Artist of Canada

  • (FCA) Federation of Canadian Artist

  • Capilano University

  • Langara College

  • Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

  • Summerland Community Arts Council

  • South Surrey White Rock Art Society

  • South Delta Artists Guild

  • North Shore Arts Guild

  • Vancouver Sketch Club

  • Opus Arts and Framing

  • Alpha Secondary

  • Burnaby North High School

  • St. Georges Senior School

  • Vancouver Film School