"Every artist was first an amateur." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bright, energetic colour schemes, pattern and crisp, linear work is the basis of my paintings.
Having grown up and explored our beautiful BC coast for 30 years on boats, skied our mountains and hiked our forests, these subjects and the creatures that call these places home, are what I love most of all to paint.
Coming across a lone wildflower pushing up through a tangled, grassy meadow or a tiny woodland orchid found in the deep, moist forest can take my breath away and I am lost in the moment. These are the things I love most to paint although they are becoming more difficult to come across as development expands. Landscapes can have figures as long as they do not impede the natural beauty of the scene chosen to paint. They add scale, motion and interest along with an opportunity to put in a jot of my favourite red ! I paint what I love and I love what I find beautiful. I received my AFCAStatus with the FCA in 2021.
I have been a member of several art communities, having attended a variety of workshops, demonstrations and provided instruction in soft pastels. My style represents a cross between realism and impressionism. I dabble in watercolour and oils but my main medium is soft pastels, having been inspired by Degas and Edouard Manet and appreciating the versatility and freedom of soft pastels. My subject interest is mostly portrait, flora and fauna.
Curiosity - a big part of where I journey with my art.
I love the mountains, water, nature and the children exploring their environment. I want to express the emotions that are evoked when you are one with the natural surroundings. My paintings are created to reflect this feeling. Through the use of various mediums, I create a painting that uses texture, shape and colour to create a setting and mood that engages and inspires the viewer.
I didn't pick up a paint brush until 2010 when I found three tubes of oils in a drawer in my parent's office. With the aid of the internet and my husband critiquing my work I challenged myself to paint a portrait of my uncle. To the amazement of my uncle, family, friends and I, the portrait resembled him. This painting influenced me to strike out into the art industry.
Now living in Langley, B.C., I am surrounded with nature and wildlife. With renewed interest I engulf myself with the beauty and textures of every bush, rusty old truck, bear and even a pair of running shoes. Especially when I am hiding behind the truck to get a photo of the bear in the bush. I take the photo only to realize I'm stand-in in bear poop. Right away I want to bring this experience to life on canvas. TV shows also trigger my imaginative juices. My husband and I will be watching a thriller, and as the murderer is about to stab the victim, I ask my husband to pause the show so I can focus in on the painting behind the murderer's head. I then turn to my husband and ask him if he liked the painting.
Creating a story in my paintings is important. I love using bold bright colors and textures to draw the viewer into my landscapes, wildlife, abstracts and portraits. Main streaming my works through various Art Societies juried exhibitions, shows and galleries exhibited throughout the lower mainland, helps motivate me to create. Luckily, I have everything right at my fingertips to provide me with the inspiration required.
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.
An art challenge I was in, produced this. The subject, an all time favorite , was sunflowers. I did it with an old masters vibe.
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 in community service 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.
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 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 originally entered the world of art through watercolor nearly 30 years ago, painting mostly representationally (realistically) and began teaching the medium in the early 2000's. About that same time, I took a workshop in acrylic/mixed media and fell in love. While watercolor remains my first love, most of my work now revolves around working abstractly/semi-abstractly in this second medium. I love the sense of freedom and seemingly infinite possibilities of mixed media. I have always been drawn to expressing our world in colour and texture, and continually learning new things. To me, that's what life is all about. Teaching classes and workshops -- both in watercolor and acrylic/mixed media -- allows me to share that enthusiasm with others."
Originally from Windsor, Ont., Nancy spent most of her life in the Seattle area and now lives in Birch Bay, WA. A member and past President of the SSWRAS, she is also a juried member of Women Painters of Washington; an active member and past Board member of the Northwest Watercolor Society; and a member of the National Watercolor Society. She has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine and in Northlight Books' "Splash 11: New Directions." Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections in Canada and the U.S.
When I began my painting career, in 1998, I was amazed at how quickly I had been captured by the world of art and lured into it’s secret paths to paint life, as I saw it. Painting became such a passion, for me, which invoked a deep desire to capture, photographically, images from all walks of life that could be used for my artistic expressions. These photos became my emotional bond which inspired me to put down on canvas what my heart wanted to convey.
Plein Air Painting became another avenue for artistic discovery and, what my photographs hide, my eyes capture the truth of what I see... Be it still life, florals, animals, people or landscapes, the whole world became alive and I could hardly wait to start creating my stories. Colors came to life, values took on a different meaning and lights and darks became teachers, in and of themselves. I felt I had so many stories to paint and the challenge to be able to speak through my artwork was immeasurable. My mind had become my artistic voice, always ready for another canvas.
Today, my artistic signature, into the world of visual arts, is an expression of peace and tranquility with images and colors that may capture your heart and soul and bring about the same emotional response that intrigued me, to begin with.
I have been drawing and painting since a kid and became most active since my children were young. I have take classes with a number of artists, many from the Federation Gallery.
Watercolour and Acrylic are my mediums, painting scenes observed while travelling and boating along the coast and islands.
Impressionistic and occasionally abstract , skies, trees and water fascinate me.
Favourite artists are Group of Seven and impressionists
There’s always something new to learn and I keep trying!
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
Linda is a local artist specializing in oil paintings. Landscapes, floral and animals are painted with a love of nature and the beauty we have here on the Pacific Northwest. Using the palette knife is now her favourite tool to use as this gives her the freedom to explore different textures and applications. Linda's work is becoming more abstract, and much looser in style over the years. Her love of colour is more vibrant and she hopes this draws the viewer in to "be lost" in her painting and enjoy the brightness of each application of colour.
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 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.
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.
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.
Jacqui's love of modern contemporary artwork began at an art studio paint night in 2016, which led to attending more paint nights. Once her sights were set on really learning the techniques and tools of the art trade she knew she had found her passion.
Attending ateliers with local master artists and workshops through her local art society have now become her norm in her efforts to learn all she can about this wonderful art form. Jacqui works primarily with acrylics during the winter, and watercolors during the summer.
Her body of work is comprised of florals, landscapes, vintage vehicles, water scenes, and animals. She specializes in the creation of medium scale acrylic paintings for homes, offices, vacation properties and small businesses. At the moment Jacqui is focusing her efforts on creating large scale abstract works.
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 the view!
Most of Wayne’s life has been on the West Coast enjoying the outdoors and it shows in his works. As a boy, he spent summers at Sprout Lake, the falls Salmon fishing and the rest of his time with the Boy Scouts. At seventeen, he got his first taste of travel and went to the 4th Nippon Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan. He brought over 300 pictures of his trip home. Little did he know his camera would someday be replaced by his brush! After graduating from university he moved around a little and then with his wife Sandra and their two children Michael and Kristin settled in Surrey. The summers still meant camping and some fishing!
As he approached retirement, he started restoring old vehicles which including painting them! On one vacation with his wife Sandra, she got him to try oil painting. He started painting old cars onto canvas and then moved to painting birds, fish and other outdoor life! He has now been drawn back to painting old metal again, but this time it is the old hand saws that interest him. He is now restoring these old carpenters and loggers saws and using them as his canvas. These saws are now hanging from the west coast of Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. He has a 60 inch, two men bucking saw showing the life cycle of the Pacific Salmon at the Little Campbell Fish Hatchery’s Education Centre.
I Saw Series: A few years ago a friend was moving and was going to throw out some old hand saws. No one uses hand saws any more, so they were going to dump them! I could not stand the idea of them all being destroyed so I took them home. I put them with the other stuff too good to throw out! One day, as I was about to start a new painting, I thought why not do the painting on an old saw. It would look cool! I had restored a number of old cars. If I can repaint old cars, why not repair the old saws and paint on them, so I started. I prefer the saws with character, the ones that show the work they have done! I usually paint wildlife such as eagles, whales, trout, and salmon. I have painted on, old, six foot, two men saw buck saws and I have a number of them hanging in local fish hatcheries. I hope you enjoy the art work and think back to that time when we all had to cut everything by hand! When life so slower and harder.
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