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YQQ Art Collection

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is pleased to offer a wonderful selection of local art to enhance the passenger experience in the terminal building.

"Life on the Edge", Nov 1, 2019 to May 15, 2020

We welcome visitors to the edge of Canada, on the edge of Vancouver Island, where the world can engage in a multitude of first class “edgy” experiences. It’s our pleasure to facilitate this small but mighty sample of the many visual art styles and expressions that can be found among the hundreds of artists in the Central and North Vancouver Island region.

Comox Valley Airport and Comox Valley Arts share a strong collaborative bond through this public art program (for nearly twenty years now). Welcoming and seeing off travellers among this creative energy has helped firmly establish a sense of beauty in place.
All of the pieces are available for acquisition, by contacting the artist directly.

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Always Watching
Angela Farquharson
30cm x 164cm
Mixed Media; wood marquetry,
Always Watching
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Artist Name:Angela Farquharson
Medium:Mixed Media; wood marquetry,
Dimensions:30cm x 164cm
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Angela Farquharson works in wood marquetry and paint, and is lead artist for Kindred Custom Snowboards and Skis where she decorates and manufactures high performance winter sports equipment with her partner, Evan. She appreciates the opportunity to translate imagery into bold graphic compositions, most often using a brush, knife or woodgrain to her advantage.
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River, on the Rocks
Ashley Slade
24" x 36"
Alcohol Ink & Brass Pigment on Yupo paper
River, on the Rocks
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Artist Name:Ashley Slade
Medium:Alcohol Ink & Brass Pigment on Yupo paper
Dimensions:24" x 36"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Ashley Slade is an emerging artist born and raised on Vancouver Island. She specializes in abstract ink paintings on yupo paper; however, she also enjoys creating mixed media pieces utilizing acrylic, resin, and 3D elements. Inspired greatly by nature, most of her works are water-themed. Her artistic goal is to provide the Comox Valley with beautiful, unique art that represents life on the island as the truly special experience that it is.
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June (Views from the Courtenay Airpark #115)
Bev Byerley
40"x60"
Acrylic on Canvas
June (Views from the Courtenay Airpark #115)
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Artist Name:Bev Byerley
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:40"x60"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Bev Byerley is a passionate landscape painter in love with Vancouver Island and the west coast of BC. For the past 30 plus years she has focused her energy on painting the places where she walks and bikes near her home in the Comox Valley
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Lone Hunter
Beverley Petersen
18"x 24"
Acrylic
Lone Hunter
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Artist Name:Beverley Petersen
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:18"x 24"
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Bev Peterson has worked with a variety of mediums but prefers the versatility of acrylics. Themes and motivations are never static, because there is always a story to tell and, being visual, she expresses herself best by interpreting and communicating that which she cannot articulate in any other way.
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We Have All Day
Cara Baird
36"x48"
Acrylic
We Have All Day
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Artist Name:Cara Baird
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:36"x48"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Cara wants to spark conversations, create debates about our culture, and stretch our imaginations to see life in a different light. She�s excited to mold together new ideas and concepts in the future, and explore all the different angles of the world brought to life on canvas. Recently she completed a ten painting collection for Vista Radio Corporation, seen in radio stations across Alberta & British Columbia, and a commission to create a label for the �Beausphine� premium wine by Beaufort Winery.
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Struggle Above High Tide
Elissa Anthony
40"x30"
Oil on Canvas
Struggle Above High Tide
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Artist Name:Elissa Anthony
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:40"x30"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Elissa was born in Ontario and grew up in North Vancouver. She studied to be a graphic Artist and received her diploma as a Graphic Arts Technician from George Brown College in Toronto. After graduating she worked in many art related businesses including advertising (layout artist), printing (creative director). Display Art (Sales manager), and a stint as a scenic artist. She moved to Europe in the early 90?s and spent 7 yrs travelling the continent and visited major Galleries, redefining her artistic outlook and garnering as much information about painting and art as possible. During this time she studied Fine Art at the ?Midlands Arts Centre? In Birmingham, England. In 1997 Elissa moved to Vancouver island and the move proved inspirational. Since then she has flourished and grown as an Oil painter primarily in landscapes, but segues into large format floral, mixed media, abstractions and funky fun stuff from time to time. Her style usually includes acrylic and oil in the same paintings. Elissa has shown at such prestigious venues as the Old School House, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Arts Council, Lloyd Major Gallery, Gallery 223, Milner Gardens, The Rollins Centre, Englishman River Gallery, Smashing Glass, Shorewinds Gallery, Island Exposures and the Mark Penney Gallery. She was the President of the Arrowsmith Room at the former ?Oceanside Arts Council? in Parksville, and sat as a founding member for the Centre for the Arts Nanaimo. She taught and exhibited for 3 years at the ?Major Gallery? in Parksville. She recently took part in the West Coast Mural Mosaic. Elissa worked with approx 180 artists to create a huge mural called ?Konamokst?. This was unveiled at the 2010 Olympics. You can see it online at www.muralmosiac.com. Every year she takes part in the ?5 Object Show? in Nanaimo and Shows in Milner Gardens for their Annual ?Art In the Garden? Show. She also enters the ?Grand Prix du Art? in Qualicum Beach and last year won an award of merit for her painting of the Chamber of Commerce Building. She is sitting as ?Artist Liaison? on the board of directors at The Old School House. Elissa?s work can be seen in many area galleries including The Old School House, Englishman River Gallery, Smashing Glass , Nanaimo Art Gallery, The Mark Penney Gallery, and Island Exposures. Elissa is a resident artist at TOSH and you can see her on Mondays and Tuesdays in Studio 8 on the upper floor of TOSH. She is a member of The Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of DeCosmos, and former member of Art 10. When Elissa is not painting OR potting herself, she teaches oil and acrylic painting to adults in her studio ~ The MonElissa Gallery/Studio, or at other venues in the area. Her style swings from Realism thru expressionism, abstraction, mixed media and back. Either way you can always spot her unique style. Her interpretations of Vancouver Island capture her love of her adopted home. Her wide range of professional and artistic skills, combined with a unique and funky sense of humour, provide a delightful range of artwork to choose from. Recently Roger?s Chocolate?s of Victoria purchased 2 of her images for their Canadian Collectors tins. One of them is now available online and the other will be released next spring.
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Striving
Fran Goldberg
24"x30"
Acrylic on Canvas
Striving
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Artist Name:Fran Goldberg
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:24"x30"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Fran Goldberg�s abstract artwork lives at the intersection of unconscious processes, crazy random happenstance, and conscious intention. Each painting�s journey begins without a predetermined plan, yet joyfully unfolds as the art and artist communicate with one other. The destination is often disclosed as the painting whispers a direction or path or actual words in the form of a title.
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Paradise Meadows 19
Gail Neuls
36" x 48"
Acrylic
Paradise Meadows 19
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Artist Name:Gail Neuls
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:36" x 48"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Gail Neuls paints in a very unique semi-abstract manner, being somewhat representational. Her love for the Comox Valley is expressed in many of her landscapes. Both realistic and abstract styles are visible, bedded in mystery and elements of surprise. The poetry of line and perspective combine with strong, exciting colours pinging off bold edges. Gail has lived and worked as a professional artist in the Valley for nearly 50 years.
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birds of a feather flock together
Ingrid Hoggan
24'x36"
photograph
birds of a feather flock together
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Artist Name:Ingrid Hoggan
Medium:photograph
Dimensions:24'x36"
Email:Email
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With her photography of shorelines, Ingrid Hoggan also uses interesting textile effects to create surreal skies and backdrops. By doing so, when one sees her photographs the signature will read Bollegraaf. Contact: ingridbollegraaf@yahoo.
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Monoliths
Jayson Fuerstenberg
35"x35"
Graphite
Monoliths
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Artist Name:Jayson Fuerstenberg
Medium:Graphite
Dimensions:35"x35"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Jayson finds himself inspired by nature's never ending endowment and pervasive spirit. His prints and drawings attempt to convey the ?magic? that one can imagine within that. As he works on a subject, he intends to not just replicate what he sees but translate it using tools and symbols, such as line, pattern, graphic mark-making and symbolism that he has developed over the years into a personal style.
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Skypool
Kathi Rudko
36" x 48"
Oil on Canvas
Skypool
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Artist Name:Kathi Rudko
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:36" x 48"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Kathi Rudko paints for three main reasons; to preserve a moment in time when she has been touched by beauty or mystery; to challenge herself to transform vision into technically strong artworks and finally to relish the pure pleasure of moving pencil or paintbrush over a surface. She has been moving towards more nonrepresentational work, exploring more playful and loose interpretations and introducing encaustics and oil and cold wax into her art.
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Living on the Edge
Laura Furness
24"x36"
Print on Paper
Living on the Edge
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Artist Name:Laura Furness
Medium:Print on Paper
Dimensions:24"x36"
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Laura Furness? art is bright, bold, whimsical with a touch of realism and a true love of nature! She shares her passion with others and is grateful for some amazing inspiration at her fingertips that is evident in her art. Laura primarily draws and paints in acrylics, and teaches classes out of her commercial space in the Puntledge Park area of Courtenay, BC!
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Tricks are for Kids
Lisa Joan
40"x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
Tricks are for Kids
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Artist Name:Lisa Joan
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:40"x 30"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Lisa Joan has always had a passion for wildlife. While living on Vancouver Island and after the birth of her daughter, Lisa finally decided to combine her enthusiasm for wildlife with her passion for the arts, and founded Isla Life Designs. She loves how art can create connections between people and the world that surrounds them. She believes that the closer humans feel to nature, the more likely we will strive to protect it.
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A Retreat of Our Own
Marianne Enhorning
60"x60"
Mixed Media on Canvas
A Retreat of Our Own
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Artist Name:Marianne Enhorning
Medium:Mixed Media on Canvas
Dimensions:60"x60"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Marianne Enh�rning is a West Coast Canadian artist. The desire to live small on the earth; to live softly with the natural world began to inspire her art. The splendour of the natural world and our small human part in it fill her landscapes, manifesting in evocative, dreamlike works in mixed media. Her art emerges from her deep sense of longing for a
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A Moment in Time
Marilyn Peeters
44" x 50"
Acrylic on Canvas
A Moment in Time
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Artist Name:Marilyn Peeters
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:44" x 50"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Marilyn has been an artist as far back as she can remember but it was not until later in life she decided to go back to school to study art. Her work transcends the limits of BC�s natural landscapes, yet still capturing the essence and symbolism. Her connection with nature has been engraved in her soul since childhood, and now as an adult, nature brings her a sense of empowerment and strengthens her soul which allows her to create a place that is somewhat unusual.
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Towards the Evening Star
Martha Jablonski-Jones
48"x48"
Acrylic on Canvas
Towards the Evening Star
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Artist Name:Martha Jablonski-Jones
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:48"x48"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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From urban intensity to country calm, Martha�s paintings deal with the roots and spirit of place. She�s a born wanderer, and doesn�t deal so much with inner turmoil as with the amazing world out there around her. She calls herself a narrative realist.
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Autumn in the North Woods
Maxine Horner
24"x30"
Acrylic on canvas
Autumn in the North Woods
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Artist Name:Maxine Horner
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:24"x30"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Maxine specializes in acrylic on canvas and describes her work as �loosely realistic�. She has won awards from the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong, B.C. and the People�s Choice Award at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox. She lives in the Comox Valley and greatly enjoys life on the edge of Vancouver Island.
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Out West
Mikyoung Jung
12" x 2.25" x 9"
Cast Glass and Metal
Out West
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Artist Name:Mikyoung Jung
Medium:Cast Glass and Metal
Dimensions:12" x 2.25" x 9"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Originally from South Korea, now residing on Vancouver Island, Mikyoung creates a range of glass artworks. Living, learning and travelling in different countries as a �nomad� encouraged her to develop ways to communicate and articulate feelings beyond the traditional conduit of speech. Her artwork reflects the new surroundings and spaces that she has visited, by using the fundamental beauty and unique characteristics with glass and metal.
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Out of the Blue
Sandra Lamb
48" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas
Out of the Blue
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Artist Name:Sandra Lamb
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:48" x 36"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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As much as Sandra Lamb is driven to express in a contemporary figurative genre, the environment constantly pulls at her to speak for its beauty and often she succumbs to the call. When visitors come inquiring as to what all the shouting is about, we artists do our best to answer with our painterly grandstanding of paradise. And her own penchant for often adding the human element to the scene reflects her belief that perhaps Adam and Eve still belong in the Garden.
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West Coast Girl
Sara Kempner
24"x36"
Gallery Wrapped Canvas
West Coast Girl
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Artist Name:Sara Kempner
Medium:Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Dimensions:24"x36"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Born and raised on Vancouver Island,Sara Kempner developed an early appreciation for the outdoors. Being surrounded by oceans, lakes, rivers and mountains has been a key component of her overall lifestyle and has heavily influenced her photography as well. Sarah is currently based in Cumberland where she lives with her husband and golden retriever, her two main partners in life and adventure.
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Eagle No. 2
Sareh Puetz
10" x 13"
Ink, graphite on vellum and cut paper
Eagle No. 2
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Artist Name:Sareh Puetz
Medium:Ink, graphite on vellum and cut paper
Dimensions:10" x 13"
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Sareh Puetz is a multimedia artist specializing in graphite photorealism and west coast nature themes - capturing our abundant and recognizable region in a unique process of layers of graphite, charcoal, ink, or a combination of the three in drawings on transparent vellum. Sareh also uses bright bold colours in acrylic paints and inks to represent the many local creatures found in our oceans and forests.
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Frozen Fire
Shirley Phillips
4.5"x 5.5" x 5.5"
Wood Fired Clay
Frozen Fire
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Artist Name:Shirley Phillips
Medium:Wood Fired Clay
Dimensions:4.5"x 5.5" x 5.5"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Denman Island artist, Shirley Phillips, loves creating with clay! Primarily self taught, the natural world is her constant inspiration. Her pottery pieces have organic shapes, textures, colourful glazes, and some fusing of beach glass. She uses hand building methods as well as a pottery wheel. All of her pieces complete their creative journey either through a Wood, Smoke or an Electric Firing.
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Meeting of Minds
Sofie Skapski
30"x 36"
Oil and cold wax on wood panel
Meeting of Minds
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Artist Name:Sofie Skapski
Medium:Oil and cold wax on wood panel
Dimensions:30"x 36"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Sofie Skapski�s biggest inspiration comes from trees and sky. She says, �The sky holds me in enchantment; the trees lead me up to it. I can only imagine the conversations they have as I gaze up at branches catching that ephemeral light. The silhouetted trees reaching up, the clouds scudding across that great expanse, the colours that suffuse and drain at dawn and dusk: all these speak to me and find expression in my paintings.�
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Tide Pool
Wendy Mayers
38" x 21"
Fibre Art
Tide Pool
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Artist Name:Wendy Mayers
Medium:Fibre Art
Dimensions:38" x 21"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Wendy loves the process of blending colours and textures to create fibre art that is unique, sturdy and tactile. She is using reclaimed silk, alpaca, merino wool with silk blends and locally sourced wool roving using the process of wet felting, nuno felting or needle felting to create wearable art scarves, handbags, clutch purses and wall art.
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Wandering Moon
Wendy Morosoff Smith
48" x 36"
Cold Wax and Oil Paint on Wood
Wandering Moon
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Artist Name:Wendy Morosoff Smith
Medium:Cold Wax and Oil Paint on Wood
Dimensions:48" x 36"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Wendy Morosoff Smith is a contemporary Canadian painter and printmaker, based in Merville, BC, whose work explores and reflects the spiritual aspect of the Canadian landscape. Blending abstraction and landscape symbolism with the study of light and space, Wendy creates meditations on place, time, the elements, memory and perception. Her pieces can be found in many public and private collections worldwide.
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