My personal life experiences and perspectives influence my art. I have increasingly become aware of my ability to see both sides of an issue or duality and visually portray these perspectives simultaneously in my work. In trying to display the two sides of an issue in juxtaposition, I have come to realize that I have a great need to speak to the viewer – I have a message. Some of the pieces seem to scream my personal bias and others gently nudge the viewer’s perspective. My choice of subject matter may vary from contemporary societal issues or dilemmas, landscapes and abstractions.
I have concentrated on two artistic mediums – collage and printmaking – with paper as my primary art material. I use magazine colour, rice papers, cast-offs from the art-making process, photos, and other found papers and materials. I work in realism and patterned abstraction or random geometric. I cut, tear, structure and glue.
Although born in England, I grew up in British Columbia surrounded by mountains, ocean and forests. This environment nurtured a curiosity and love for the natural world. My passion for travel, gardening, photography and hiking in the backwoods has provided many of the images of the plants, wildlife and landscapes that are the inspiration for my paintings.
A background in stained glass work and landscape design has given me a solid understanding of the importance of shape, form and color. The acrylic paint that I use facilitates spontaneity, allowing for both watercolor effects and heavy impasto textural possibilities. Working with a vibrant palette, careful attention to composition, subtle shades and contrast helps create the dynamic effects in my work.
It is a bit of a surprise to me that I have fallen in love with painting. I have worked three-dimensionally all my life, but only recently started painting. I love to work fast and with gestural marks, but I also seek accuracy in the features of a face or figure. Painting demands I engage fully with energy and awareness, but at the same time, letting my intellect step aside while other forces guide my brushes.
Recently, I have been exploring ways to use the surface of paint to describe a visceral approach to emotional states. I believe that colours and textures can provide "inflection" in addition to the story line of the subject matter. By developing a visual language of colour and texture and integrating it with figures or portraits, I hope to create an ambiance that resonates beyond the primary image; specifically, the mood or feeling I'm wrestling with at the time my brush touches the canvas. In that way, the figure or portrait acts as a carrier for the emotions I'm experiencing or wish to convey.
Lucinda is a Canadian Metis artist, wife, mother and business owner, (The Wet Cleaner). She was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and has called Victoria home for the last 12 years. Her artistic education began at York University on a full tuition scholarship in the Fine Art Department in Dance and Visual Arts. Acrylic painting is her medium of choice. Family and pets are common themes in her work. With an extensive background in dance and sport, Lucinda is interested in the figure and how light touches and illuminates it. She’s been exploring her Metis heritage through art by painting native dancers. Her father; Doug Bradford is a current CFAP artist and has been her greatest artistic influence. Some describe her style as impressionistic, fearless, fluid and passionate.
“Painting is like a craving or urge for me. I’ve got work stored in my head that I need to get to. I relish every moment I am drawing, painting, sculpting, crafting or teaching art.”
Victoria Artist Darlene Young paints colorful scenes from every day life. She is most excited about color and light effects and is often seen painting outdoors no matter the weather. Although she does studio work, including alla prima still-lifes and larger studio works, Darlene's true passion is plein air painting. She loves the challenge of the ever changing natural conditions and she can be found most days plein aire painting around James Bay.
Darlene's studies include Master's Classes at the Victoria College of Art, as well as studying the methods of other artists.
Darlene is honored to be a member of the Victoria Sketch Club and appreciates the mentorship she receives from its very accomplished artists. She has also been painting and exhibiting with the Al Frescoes Plein Air Painters of Victoria for the past two years. She is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Desiree Bond moved many times before finally settling in Victoria, B.C. In 1992, she enrolled at the Alberta College of Art, where she studied until getting married and starting a family. As a painter, Desiree enjoys experimenting with different mediums, subject matter and points of view. Her focus is to achieve a fresh and effortless feel to her work.
In the last few years Desiree has spent time painting outdoors where the west coast of Vancouver Island provides her with endless inspiration. Desiree's work is currently showing at the Sooke Harbour House, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Eclectic Gallery in Oak bay.
In my work I have drawn inspiration from the compassionate spirit expressed in simple things, in unexpected ways. I create from my own life experiences, interpreting and transforming ideas into visual form. The mediums may vary but the essence and clarity remains constant.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria I have been working in acrylics, graphite, water colours, pastels, liquid plastic and found objects of all sorts.
My work is represented in private collections as well as the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canada Council Art Bank. I have exhibited at the Bau-xi Gallery, Vancouver; Open Space, Victoria; Del Bello Gallery, Toronto; Transportal Exhibit, Berlin, Germany; Burnaby Art Gallery; Surrey Art Gallery; Fort Gallery, Fort Langley; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Presentation House, Vancouver; Prague Museum of Agriculture; Science Centre, Ottawa; Canada Place, Expo 86, Vancouver, Michigan State University and various solo and group shows locally.
I have illustrated a number of books and worked collaboratively with my husband, writer Craig Spence.
Donna K. Williams lives and paints in Victoria where the beauty of nature surround us and in an indirect way inspires her abstract paintings.
Her work has been influenced by earlier instruction from several North American artists and studies at the Pacific Coast Art Center in Coupville, Washington. Since moving to Victoria she studied with Bill Porteous, a teacher of many emerging abstract artists. Most recently she added an international perspective to the development of her work by studying at the Edinburgh College of Art.
The results of Donna’s journey to abstraction are portrayed by dynamic and engaging paintings that draw the viewer to them. The paintings invite a response to the colors, textures and to the feelings that they invoke.
Fred Dobbs studied fine arts at the Victoria College of Art and commercial art at Camosun College in the late 70s. In the early 80s, he turned his attention to sculpture by way of the beach. For eight years, Fred practiced as a competitive sand sculptor, winning Canadian, US and World Championship titles. By 1991 he had turned professional and continued sculpting sand full-time while traveling throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, Japan and Germany. In the past 8 years, Fred has created statuary in concrete and cold cast bronze.
I describe the style of my artwork as Expressive Painting, using gesture and the free flow of brush strokes. The images are created from the energy and movement of the subject, rather than its outline or shape. In my creative work I focus on these lines of energetic and dynamic movement, the seen and unseen forces that characterize vitality in the human form.
With every breakthrough in quantum physics, we are responding more and more to energy information. When I see a figure, I no longer see the edges, I see a balance of the body, the strength, weight and movement. The energy lines of Chinese medicine, pathways within the body that keep us healthy, and the aura around a human figure that some people see as colours – these energies are the focus of my creative work.
In the present social-political and economic climate, I am often overwhelmed by the contrast of both violence and beauty in the world. These paintings are an expression of this contrast - I present my paintings as a visual door opening to a more transparent and energetic world.
Painting slows me down. Like so many of us, my life is busy and sometimes hectic. My painting time is a meditative and joyful space in a busy and complicated world. When I paint, I flow between the conscious and the unconscious. Sometimes my brushstrokes are intentional and focused; at other times I enter a meditative flow; I am the painting, the painting is me. Each painting has its own story, and as I take the time to get to know it, to feel its heart, the images call out to me, the painting speaks, and a poem unfolds.
I paint only images and subjects that excite me. There is an obsession in my work to find an energized moment, magnify it larger than life in both size and colour, then hold that energy so that it invites us deep into its heart. People who see my art say it glows with positive energy; I invite you to share that energy, one painting at a time.
My work is based on landscapes and the human figure, and the issues that surround both. I see my work as a recording of the internal and external landscape and use this landscape as a vehicle for exploring the emotional terrain that lies within.
To me, the act of painting encompasses all of who I am. Using the simplest of line and shape, the subtlest shift of color, my goal is to evoke an emotion, a feeling, a memory... initially for me in the doing and then again for the viewer. I paint what I need to paint and am delighted when someone connects to it and it changes how they see their landscape.
I refer to myself as an "industrial folk artist." Since moving to Victoria, I have been captivated by the tugboat and marine life of Victoria's Inner Harbour. When I come across a working tug in our Inner Harbour I am enthralled by the colour, strength, movement of these boats and the men that work on them. Nearly everyone stops, watches, responds in some way to a passing tug and barge as it passes under the uplifted Blue Bridge.
Tugs reflect honesty, emotion, and strength. I can't resist them. I feel a deep need to record what is left of our rapidly changing waterfront and disappearing lifestyles.
Jim was born and raised in Pentiction, BC and now lives in Victoria. His art education consisted of courses from the Victoria College of Art, and from other artists. He is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. His paintings are in private and corporate collections in Canada and the USA.
Jim paints his larger works in the studio but very much enjoys painting on site, en plein air, where he can capture the ever changing but real colours and light of the world around him. You may often see him on the beach, a hill side, or a farmer’s field, painting.
Currently, Joanne is concentrating on two very different themes in her artwork: the external and the internal. Landscapes are portrayed in vivid colour as vast sweeping vistas or intimate inner forest spaces. The ‘Bottled' series is an expanding body of work using the bottle as a visual metaphor for human communication and a satirical commentary on its failings and limitations. Deceptively simple on first glance, both themes are characterized by Joanne’s clear lines and clean colours.
Joanne Thomson lives in Victoria BC. She gardens, dances, sings, bakes and spends a great deal of time painting. In her spare time she teaching others how to draw and paint and enjoy the business of art making.
As a painter and sculptor, I work intuitively - not knowing what the end result will be. To begin, I choose materials I want to try together or colours I want to use, and then just keep seeing what else the artwork needs.
My acrylic paintings are about line, shape, colour and movement. They infer an environment where anything is possible, slightly creepy but drawing the viewer in at the same time.
My sculptures and installations reflect my love of the home and nostalgia. They are made from craft and hardware supplies, art project leftovers, and found objects –materials that are close at hand and easily handled. Often, the sculptures are components that balance or rest against each other, connected together in an impermanent, tentative fashion. This reflects the same idea of “anything can happen” that is also expressed in my paintings.
I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and now reside on Vancouver Island where I am fully engaged in the visual arts and painting full time. My work has been acquired by private and corporate owners throughout Canada and the USA.
My representational style of painting allows me to present the subject faithfully while maintaining the feel and look of a painting, rather than a photograph. My approach is to concentrate on the relationship between light & shadow within a strong composition.
I try to capture a specific moment in time, one that recalls a familiar place, memory or feeling. I have spent my life on the Canadian West Coast. The images of the sea, shoreline, mountains and occasionally, boats and buildings, are the ones which inspire me to want to preserve that familiarity on canvas.
Whether turning her discerning eye to the world ‘above’--through her depiction of the vast array of coastal birds--or to the range of creatures stirring in tidal pools and below the oceans surface--Kenna Fair's paintings compels viewers into an enhanced state of attentiveness to the beauty that surrounds us. Every one of her intimate west coast portraits beginning with a wood carving which draw you into the space and capture the dynamic energy and intrinsic character of the natural subjects she portrays. Kenna's life-long connection with coastal life combined with her formal training as a painter have contributed to a signature style that has attracted the attention of art enthusiasts and galleries alike.
Born in Calgary, AB. As the son of an artist, he was immersed into the world of painting at an early age, and he has studied art independently for most of his life. Since moving to Vancouver Island in 2007, Logan's work has been greatly inspired by the west coast landscape.
"For me, the purpose of painting is not to provoke dialogue, dissection, or speculation, but rather, to remove it. My work is directed in an attempt to connect the viewer to the inherently wordless beauty of the natural world. I consider a painting to be successful when it evokes an inner quietude which is congruent with my own experience in nature."
For over 25 years, Maggie Warkentin satisfied her artistic and creative passion, as a professional interior designer. She was a part-time Interior Design faculty member at Lethbridge College. She founded and operated Interior Innovations, Inc., an interior design firm in Southern Alberta, which was sold when Maggie and her husband, Vern, relocated to Sidney, BC in 2008.
In the late 1990s, Maggie ‘puttered’ in water colours for a couple of years. However, in 2010, when time became available to seriously pursue visual arts, she decided to investigate the many new possibilities available to express her love of all things creative. Originally self-taught, Maggie has taken several water colour classes since moving to Sidney.
In 2012, after coaxing from family and friends, she began to submit her work for exhibitions and art shows. Maggie believes her style is still evolving. Meanwhile she enjoys exploring a variety of mediums as she continues to experiment, learn and grow.
Marney has always felt a deep connection with flowers. In her paintings, she seeks to reveal the essence and energy of every flower she paints. She also uses the translucence of the petals to paint light itself. Watercolour, with its underlying glow and its clear, transparent colour, is the perfect medium to allow her to capture the almost tangible presence of light.
Marney is a senior signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, has won many awards (local, national and international), and has juried numerous exhibitions in Victoria and Nanaimo. She is featured in 3 books, including Artists of British Columbia, Volume 3, and in various magazines, including International Artist and the French Pratique des Arts. Marney has taught art classes for over 15 years and shows through Winchester Galleries.
From an early age in the beautiful west of England I was aware I could draw (2/6 prize in a Brooke Bond competition involving copying a picture of tea leaves) and loved art (The Laughing Cavalier, Blue Boy, The Hay Wain...). But I only recently discovered that I could be a practitioner as well as an observer of the visual arts.
After many years in information management, I am now enjoying the focus, immediacy and personalization of full time painting in acrylics and oils. My interest and skill in painting people and places, both exotic and plebeian, has been nurtured through classes with David Goatley, Nicholas Pearce, Brian Simons, James Gordaneer, Victor Arcega and others. Sargent, Sorolla and Zorn, David Curtis and Robert Genn are a continuing source of inspiration.
My muse has been helped by residing on Vancouver Island, where I am a member of the Goward House Portrait Painters Group and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
My exploration began with an appreciation of Japanese and British pottery. The simplicity and elegance of the shapes of these vessels and the use of subtle colour in the glazes were visually appealing. These vessels are elegant and functional.
I use stoneware and porcelain clays for functional ware and paperclay for masks and gardenhouses. More recently I have included whimsical elements and brighter colours.
I have been a member of both the Penticton Potters’ Guild and South Vancouver Island Potters’ Guild. I have participated in many workshops and programs. My work has been shown at Side Street Studio and Lighthouse Gallery in Victoria and Fandango and Tulista Park in Sidney. I have been included in Gorge on Art, displayed work at Saanich Municipal Hall and participated in the James Bay Market. I have been Artist in Residence at Lochside and Prospect Lake Schools in Saanich and at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
I grew up in the new suburbs of Calgary in a very active family. Having tried a number of different careers - sales management, fitness and teaching - I enrolled at Victoria College of Art. After two years ready to snap brushes, burn canvasses and withdraw tuition fees, I opened a box of cheap soft pastels while sitting at anchor in Oak Bay, Victoria. Their immediacy and alluring ability to function as both a drawing and painting medium hooked me. I set my sights on working as an artist and graduated from Victoria College of Art.
In addition to my gallery work, I have taught in Japan and Canada. I was chosen by Painters at Painter’s Lodge as a lifetime Resident Artist in 2002. I am one of 16 west coast artists featured in the International Artist magazine’s publication “Design Composition - Secrets of Professional Artists.” Winchester Galleries and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria/Sales and Rentals represent my work in Victoria. My pastel paintings are held in private collections throughout Canada, the United States and Japan.
I’m a lifelong student of oil painting and have a love for painting people, still life and landscapes. I home-schooled on-line, learning to paint in oils. There are several artists I learned from. Each Painter bringing something invaluable to the On-line classroom.
Inspiration, I believe, are gifts bestowed upon us from the Powers that Be. A new canvas excites me and intimidates me at the same time. Light and the way it affects color, is my daily obsession. Every time I pick up my paintbrush, I learn something new. As Edgar Degas Pointed out ~ “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”
As a life-long student of oil painting, my goal is to learn to paint masterfully. For the Viewer - I wish to give you a sense of peace, harmony and light
My greatest influence and teachers are artists I admire and who’s work I study on a regular basis. I love John Singer Sargent's loose contemporary style, his work has always inspired me.
I was born and grew up in Victoria, BC. After studying Visual Arts at the University of Victoria I have enjoyed a career in the arts for over 30 years.
My paintings are primarily acrylic on canvas or paper, although I enjoy the challenges of different media. Presently my subject matter is mainly landscapes, both local and from travels, and occasionally abstract and figurative work.
Working quickly, I try to achieve an expressive and evocative image. Attempting to deliver a viscerally responsive, honest experience.
Rachael was born in Cochise County Arizona. Her mother is of Scottish/Irish descent, and her father's side of the family exists today only through escape to New York during the Nazi massacre 5 generations ago. Rachael enjoyed her early years living among her father's family in Montreal until age 7 when her parents moved with her to the beautiful Okanogan desert in BC.
Rachael was fortunate enough to be in Israel on her 27th birthday and found it be the place her soul was at home. Back to the Mediterranean Sea for a trip to Spain last year, and most recently enjoyed the Netherlands. Rachael was born on July 5th in 1981. Windsong is her legal middle name, given at birth. Rachael is entirely self taught, gathering artistic skills through persistence and love.
Richard is a contemporary Oriental Brush and Watercolor artist based in Victoria, BC. He paints for personal enjoyment, but recent recognition and success in international art shows and exhibitions has allowed him to paint to support organizations with a worthy cause, such as the local wildlife rehabilitation centre, the Wild ARC. The image that you see here is an international award winner.
Richard’s style is unique and can best be described as 'east meets west'. Although Richard is mostly known for his vibrant, spontaneous watercolors, working exclusively with Chinese brushes, he also paints images from daily life that just call out to be painted.
This is how Richard describes his art: “I enjoy working spontaneously, capturing the essence of my subject to give it a fresh look. To do this I enjoy the challenge of working the image using methods ranging from realism to impressionism and the abstract form."
Sandy is drawn to capture the simple elegance in the curve of a leaf, subtle shifts in colour, and the radiance of light as it interacts with form, all in a moment in time. Her large florals possess dramatic flare while retaining a soft subtlety, a combination which can be challenging to achieve in acrylic renderings. Her large paintings are often embellished with hints of gold.
She enjoys seeking inspiring images nestled in the abundant natural beauty of British Columbia. She applied her creativity and artistic talents with children, as a teacher in the Public School System and as a mother, for many years. Once she was able to make creating art a priority, her work transformed. Her floral series reflects her own flowering as a full time artist.
The materials I use are graphite, pen and ink, charcoal, wire, and cut paper.
I am drawing my life: my past and present experiences in an attempt to expand knowledge of my body in space. My practice explores the ever-fluctuating disconnection and integration between physical, emotional and spiritual planes.
To force myself to move beyond my physical and emotional boundaries, I work on surfaces larger than the scale of my body. On smaller paper I make marks with the intention of creating form within space. I work intuitively, allowing the composition to define itself through the marks. The process, the intensive labour involved in creating the works allows me to be present to the ebb and flow of these states of being.
I am developing a language that is engaged in asking the question of 'where do I end and others begin'.
Born in Nova Scotia as a member of a military family, Sharon moved frequently. She continued this pattern in her adult life, traveling over half the globe as well as on adventures such as crossing the South Atlantic Ocean as one of a crew of four on a 52 foot sailboat.
Sharon has lately become involved in the art world, painting colourful landscapes and waterscapes using acrylics. Water, with its varying movement, temperature and reflective qualities, is a predominant theme in her paintings.
Sharon has displayed her work at venues on Vancouver Island, in Vancouver, in Kamloops, in Toronto, and at the Paula White Diamond Gallery in Ontario, and has won Federation of Canadian Artist Awards of Excellence for her paintings “Heading Northwest II” and “Frozen Face III”. Her paintings are currently on display at Gallery 223 in Nanaimo, the Victoria International Airport, and the Victoria Convention Centre in British Columbia.
Painters in Ontario and British Columbia have contributed to her art education. "Colour is important to me. My love of colour started at an early age, when my mother, a talented seamstress, made dresses and coats for myself and my sister. I remember very clearly the colours of my favorites – delicious lavenders, blues, pinks and yellows. Another equally strong influence on my painting has been nature itself, particularly water."
Wendy was born in Edmonton and has lived in Calgary, Vancouver, Adelaide, Australia and finally settled in Victoria, where she paints from her home studio.
"My best teachers are nature and every piece of art I have ever looked at. I hope that my creations can hit an emotional chord in the viewer. Maybe it will remind them of a place or a memory, or maybe it just makes them feel happy. I think that's what life is all about, finding your equilibrium and feeling happy. That's what painting does for me."
Wendy continues to work in all mediums including chalk pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil. Her clients describe her style as bold, colourful, inspirational, and joyous. "If a client tells me my paintings make them smile or feel joyous, I know I've captured exactly how I was feeling when I created it - it brings me pleasure knowing my art can make one feel good."
Wendy Picken is an artist and author, born in Manitoba and living in Sidney since 1983. She studied art at the University of Victoria. At UVic she developed her technique of “finger painting without the paint.”
“While studying art at university, all my oil paintings looked like mud. I started painting with earth and ash and clay like cave painters, using my fingers.”
Wendy found inspiration in the work of artists Emily Carr, Gathie Falk, Remedios Varo and Anne Truitt. All were beacons, shining a way to heart, home and art. She creates still life drawings which seem to come alive – vibrant flowers and fruit share the paper with her tiny yellow birds which seem to be caught dream flying, trusting their heart and wings.
This past decade Wendy published her first children’s book for grandparents: Gramma’s Pearl Soup and Grampa’s Mango Smile. She is happily finger painting and illustrating and offering drawing-storytelling workshops for grandparents and their grandchildren.
My love of painting started when I was 10 in Northern Ireland. Money was scarce in those days and when my mother won a large box of watercolours at an annual Fair I spent a lot of time painting on everything I could find- including my mother’s only tablecloth!
The Ireland that I grew up in has changed so much and I return every year with a kind of longing for the past. I wander the streets of my old town remembering all the scenes and characters that were part of my life. So nowadays I try to capture those memories on canvas with oil paints. I daydream, and out come scenes of my Grannies country kitchen and her old friends, gossiping over a few ‘cups of Tay’ with that old ‘Brown Betty” tea pot always ready to pour. I can feel the heat from the fire and taste the new bread with creamery butter. I can almost hear their laughter as some old ‘yarn’ is shared.