I started painting post retirement and haven't stopped. My first love will always be watercolour, but I also enjoy lots of other mediums - oils, acrylic, mixed media, alcohol inks, and pastels. I take inspiration from nature and the environment around me on the West Coast.
Art from the Heart. Flowers, birds, and nature inspire me to capture the beauty that is all around me. Watercolour does this, but I am always trying to learn something new. Therefore, I play with pastel, oil and acrylic mixed media to fill that need. "Art is for peace of mind".
My art is a mixed media fusion of colour and rhythm. I use the different mediums freely and expressively and work in layers – adding, removing, adding, removing and adding again - each layer revealing surprises and informing the next. This helps me get energy, joy and expression onto the canvas.
I am always inspired by the outdoors and in particular by flowers – by their boundless gifts of colour, style, smell, elegance – but mostly by their joyful generosity.
I enjoy painting on larger canvasses - 36 x 48 being my favourite size – but most of my work is available in giclees and prints as well – as large or small as you choose. I have recently expanded my work to a include scarves, cushion covers and tote bags, as well as greeting cards.
I am always delighted to take commissions.
I currently have Active Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists and am a member of the White Rock South Surrey Art Society. I have exhibited my work at numerous shows in White Rock and in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Audrey has lived in South Surrey since 2001. Her focus has not always been art, she is well known in the hockey industry as an innovative pioneer of power skating. However in 2001 her life took a turn with a serious car accident. To help in her recovery she took up painting. This has proved to be a blessing in disguise as it has led to development of her inner dream of being an artist. She now balances her life between a busy art career and producing future NHLers. She finds parallels between hockey and painting in terms of technique, flow, rhythm and movement.
Now an AFCA member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the mediums which she prefers to work in are watercolor and acrylic. My art is my effort to mix the unexpected with my love of bold color. Federation of Canadian Artists Fraser Valley Chapter The Reach 2014 First Place for Approaching, Watercolor; Mission Arts Council 2018 Annual Peggy Staber Memorial Exhibition Best in Show for Relentless, Watercolor; JUST…SURREY 2020 A Juried Exhibition of Visual Arts First Place for Dancing in the Wind, Watercolor
I was an art school reject at the age of 17, when I was told my work was too commercial in style. Instead I studied counselling psychology and after earning my MS, worked for 39 years in non-profit management. I retired that year for fear 40 years sounded like a sentence. I thoroughly enjoyed my career, but throughout, continued my passion for painting on weekends.
I studied watercolour painting extensively with the late Frank Townsley and was fortunate to participate in workshops with Jean Haines, Paul Jackson, David R. Smith and the artist I’d most like to be when I grow up, Lian Quan Zhen.
My goal is to bring vivid, deep colour to paper, combined with the illusion of dimensional texture.
My passion in painting began with the learning of Chinese brush painting in 1994. My love of nature dovetails with the beautiful expressions of nature revealed in this artform. The natural beauty of our surroundings and the creative minds of mankind have formed
a guide that leads my path.
Learning the discipline of this traditional painting technique provided me with a good foundation for exploration. The splendid colours of acrylic painting have given me a new dimension in my expression of beauty. In my work, I strive to seek out light and focus on the happiness. Having lived in Canada for most of my life, my work is a reflection of the blending the Eastern artform with that of the West.
I am a west coast Canadian artist that finds my inspiration in the abundant variety and magnificent beauty to be found in this great country of ours.
As a west coast Canadian artist I find my inspiration in the Canadian landscape. I recently did a road trip to Ontario with my girlfriend and we ended up by pure chance travelling the "Group of Seven Route" where that natural beauty of the early autumn landscape left me as completely spellbound as I'm sure it did to those artists 100 years ago, including FCA founding members Lawren Harris Arthur Lismer and A.Y. Jackson.
Carole Milne, a self-taught representational painter, was born and raised in Vancouver and started Watercolour painting in the late 80’s and although she has since worked in oil, acrylic and watercolour, she now works primarily in oil, painting for her own enjoyment.
Her passion is painting and her inspiration is the wilderness in all its beauty-grasses and trees dancing in the breeze, animals with their grace and beauty, and the relaxing feeling of rivers and ocean. It is no surprise that painting en Plein air is very important to Carole. Painting in the peace and quiet of nature is what she enjoys most. Her paintings have been shown in many venues and shows in the lower mainland.
Carole has volunteered and worked in various positions on the executive boards of the South Surrey and White Rock Art Society, the Burnaby Artists Guild, and as a board member of the Semiahmoo Arts. She is a past member of Coquitlam Fine Arts, Burnaby Artist Guild, Richard Major Group, Delta Artist Guild, and Semiahmoo Arts. She is currently a member of the SSWRAS, an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Arts, and the Fraser Valley Chapter of the FACA. She was awarded a Lifetime Membership in the South Surrey & White Rock Art Society in May
My artistic journey started when my father passed, and I had difficulty dealing with the grief. When I paint, all the outside stress floats away like a leaf on a river. Painting "feeds my soul" and I wouldn't be able to stop if I wanted to. Mostly self-taught, I have taken several classes and rise to the challenge of those classes. I haven't found my "style" yet and maybe never will, I like to paint landscapes, still life, animals and anything that grabs my attention, mostly in oils, although I have dabbled in acrylics. I like the flow of the oils and the subtle changes one can make to any painting.
Thelma Newbury is a Vancouver born artist working in fabric and fibres. She loves working with vibrant colours. She has always pursued creative crafts: sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, metal sculptures, etc. After a career in accounting she wanted her retirement years to be filled with beauty, creativity, and satisfaction. She took a one day course to make a quilted-stain glass looking angels for her grandchildren. From there she adapted her learning to satisfy her own need to explore with fabric and other mediums.
My work explores nature’s richness and complexity which is so much more than a mountain, a sunset, a forest or a lake. It is dynamic, in constant evolution, advancing or eroding, full of beauty regardless of scale, and everywhere around us. More recently I have been experimenting with the interplay of lily pads, reeds and water and the abstract motifs they create.
Because water can be both a mirror and a window we can see the lily’s stems reaching for the surface, the sky and the trees reflecting among them, the shadows of the lily pads on the water and how subtle water movements transform our perception and take us into another universe.
Discovering and sharing this beauty brings me joy, and this is why I paint.
Coming from a diverse personal and cultural background, my interests are wide and varied as reflected in the various subjects of my paintings. I mostly paint in acrylic but I have also created works in watercolour and pastels and shift from medium to medium depending on what I feel works better for a particular mood or subject. Hence, my artist statement as follows:
The human eye is a loyal subject to the vagaries of nature and one’s moods. What I saw yesterday may not be what I see today or tomorrow. Whatever it is, there is an angle of beauty in every individual, object, and vista that I see and it is what I endeavour to compose in my art. Each picture is unpredictable and reflects the varying shifts in style and technique.
I am an artist who grew up on a ranch in Montana and now live on the West Coast, both settings have influenced my work. I paint bright, bold paintings which lean to romantic realism.
I have been a watercolour artist for the past 25 years, and have always been drawn to the picturesque West Coast and paint many of the beautiful local scenes. Currently I am the Art show coordinator for the SSWR Art Society and co-coordinator for the Peninsula Art Tour.
I live in White Rock with my partner Angelo who also is an artist. Using the pouring method to paint many of my watercolours I create rich dynamic paintings that hang in many homes locally and internationally
Violet Smythe is a visual artist that is passionate about art and calligraphy. She has always dabbled in art but in 2000, after joining Westcoast Calligraphy Soc. she started her art studies in earnest. She has had the opportunity to study under many gifted and talented teachers as well as some world-renowned instructors and she loves to share her passion for painting, calligraphy, and mixed media arts with others. She is a member of two artist collaborative groups, Creekside Watercolour Artists and Hummingbird Studio Artists. Her work has been included in juried exhibitions at various venues in the Greater Vancouver Area. Several her watercolours and acrylic pieces can be found in private collections. She has taught a variety of workshops and classes since 2009 for various Calligraphy Guilds, Arts Societies, Westcoast Odyssey of Letters (WOOL) and at local Community Centres and Seniors Centres. Samples of her artwork and lettering can be found on her IG account @v.smythe and on her Art Blog http://vsmythedesign.blogspot.com/
Sandra Tomchuk is an impressionistic abstract artist most known for her use of texture and her whimsical umbrella girls. She currently lives in South Surrey BC and draws most of her inspiration from the local beaches, beautiful BC greenery and summer florals.
Sandra is an active member in the Federation of Canadian Artists as well as the South Surrey White Rock Art Society. Her work is mostly done in Mixed Media giving layers of texture using paper, fabrics and molding pastes. She primarily uses acrylic but has also done some paintings in oil and watercolor.
As an artist I am uniquely me, and if you like my art then we are of similar uniqueness and yet remain unique in our own ways. I am unique in how I express myself with paint and you are unique in how you display my artwork. Amazing how uniqueness can create such a perfect bond between two people......Enjoy, Jacqui