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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.

"Elements", November 2020 to May 2021



Gallery of Art

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Suspended Transition
Acacia Goble
11 ft x 7.5 ft
Mixed Media
Suspended Transition
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Artist Name:Acacia Goble
Medium:Mixed Media
Dimensions:11 ft x 7.5 ft
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I am 17 years old and in grade 12. I plan to pursue a career in art. I focus on charcoal drawings, pencil drawings and screen printing. This sculpture was created in May and June 2020 as part of my grade 11 art class during the covid19 school shut down. We were challenged to create a sculpture only from items that we could find during our covid19 isolation. I collected branches and wood from our property and deer bones from the road and forest near our house to create this sculpture.
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Earth Sense
Angela Farquharson
160cm x 30cm
A Functional Snowboard Canvas
Earth Sense
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Artist Name:Angela Farquharson
Medium:A Functional Snowboard Canvas
Dimensions:160cm x 30cm
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Angie is the lead artist at Kindred Custom Snowboards and Skis in Merville, a collaboration with her partner Evan Fair. She works predominantly in wood marquetry and paint. Her work displays curiosity, playfulness and a tendency towards sublime landscapes. Artistic practice transports Ange to her favourite places, allowing her to spend time in her mind where her body might not be. Currently she is interested in depicting flow and the rhythmic interplay of colour and light. Angie studied Film and History at Queen?s University, including a year abroad spent marveling at the Masters in Europe's theatres and galleries.
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Island Sunset
Brian Argyle
60"x40"
Canvas or Metal
Island Sunset
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Artist Name:Brian Argyle
Medium:Canvas or Metal
Dimensions:60"x40"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Switched from film to digital over 20 years ago. While I use Lightroom (and sometimes Photoshop or other programs), my processing leans more towards realistic than abstract. My preference is to large prints with lots of detail. Contact me by Phone, email or my website.
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Rich Life
Cindy Trevitt
14" x 18"
Acrylic
Rich Life
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Artist Name:Cindy Trevitt
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:14" x 18"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Through exploring mediums such as water colour, gouache, pastel, ink or acrylic, I sketch, draw and paint ordinary, but often times overlooked, people, animals and land or seascapes in a subtly unusual way. In drawing from life (when possible) or studio work based on my plain air studies or photographs; I portray a feeling or narrative that engages the viewers curiosity and imagination.
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Homage to Morandi
Connie Treen
24" x 30"
Oil on Canvas
Homage to Morandi
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Artist Name:Connie Treen
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:24" x 30"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Connie Treen holds a BFA from U. of A. Edmonton. She has lived and worked in the Comox Valley, on Denman Island and in Courtenay, since 2003. She works in Oil and Acrylic on Canvas as well as Watercolour.
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Courtenay River Estuary at Low Tide
Dave Ingram
24"x 36"
Limited Edition Photography/Digital Art
Courtenay River Estuary at Low Tide
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Artist Name:Dave Ingram
Medium:Limited Edition Photography/Digital Art
Dimensions:24"x 36"
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At low tide, the Courtenay River estuary is a special place where the elements of water, air, and earth mix and mingle. Receding water reveals a wide expanse of mudflats under a wide open sky. Walking out onto the exposed estuary connects one with the elements and the ancient history of this place, separated physically from the community but immersed in it.
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Oaks Above Duncan
David Ballantyne
18"x36"
Oil on Canvas
Oaks Above Duncan
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Artist Name:David Ballantyne
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:18"x36"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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My work stems from my long standing interest in both the natural environment and architecture. What attracts me often is the overlooked and the undervalued. I respond to the places around the back of the main event and to the spaces in between. Those spaces can be physical or more conceptual such as the time between two events when nothing seemingly important seems to be occurring. My work has been described as still and quiet and I often think of my work as stage sets.
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Island Elements
Dayna Downey
30" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas
Island Elements
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Artist Name:Dayna Downey
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:30" x 48"
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Color is what awakens and ignites creativity within me. My paintings are generally bright. Acrylic is my preferred medium. Landscape, seascapes and nature are what inspire me. Such beauty in our natural world. Born on the East Coast and now living on the West coast, I feel truly grateful to live in this beautiful province with all the beauty that surrounds us.
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San Josef Sea Stacks
Debbie Salmon
30"h x 40"w
Oil on Canvas
San Josef Sea Stacks
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Artist Name:Debbie Salmon
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:30"h x 40"w
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"San Josef Bay, Sea Stack's are natures extreme elements and fascinating creations found in the very northern tip of our spectacular Vancouver Island. Water surging through the sandy passages at high tide has slowly eroded the softer rock, leaving behind these amazing majestic sea stacks that called to me to be painted."
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Suspended in Waves
Deborah Nicol
12" x 48"
Acrylic
Suspended in Waves
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Artist Name:Deborah Nicol
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:12" x 48"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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I am an abstract acrylic painter and I am inspired daily by the beautiful surroundings that we live in. Water is my favorite element on the island and features heavily in a lot of my work. This piece was inspired by a whale watching trip in Alert Bay.
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Mystic Isolation
Elissa Anthony
24"x36"
Oil on Canvas
Mystic Isolation
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Artist Name:Elissa Anthony
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:24"x36"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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When I moved to Vancouver Island it became obvious to me where I should head on my artistic path. My first oil painting being a seascape of Botanical Beach, which was bought by Rogers Chocolates for their Canadian Collectors Tins. My earliest influence was Georgia O?Keefe. I saw her Show at the Chicago Institute of Art in f1987 and I was hooked. Not only was she a great artist but a women I could relate to in life terms. I grew up not far from Kleinberg, Ontario and took regular visits to the McMichael Gallery. I marvelled at the extensive collection of the Group of Sevens paintings. I particularly liked the informal flowing look, yet technically superb work of Lawren Harris and AJ Casson. Seeing EJ Hughes work for the first time in 2005 was a revelation and I knew I was on the right path artistically. I am constantly learning new things about myself every time I complete a new painting.
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Reflections of a Mill Town
Fran Goldberg
24 'x 24"
Acrylic on canvas, framed
Reflections of a Mill Town
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Artist Name:Fran Goldberg
Medium:Acrylic on canvas, framed
Dimensions:24 'x 24"
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This painting began with random drips, shapes, and colours. My regular travels to Campbell River, Powell River, and Port Alberni seem to have permeated my subconscious. A composite ?mill town? emerged on the canvas, replete with a mix of elements which combine to make a Vancouver Island whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Elements like sea and sky, hope for employment, and heart . . .
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Fission Energy
Ingrid Bollegraaf
24" x 36"
Photography
Fission Energy
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Artist Name:Ingrid Bollegraaf
Medium:Photography
Dimensions:24" x 36"
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I am submitting this photo image because it interprets to me energy being released by a single type of atom. An element pure substance and the building block for all the rest of the matter in the world. Atomic energy
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Along the Shoreline
Jenny Mitchell
24" x 24"
Mixed Media on Canvas
Along the Shoreline
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Artist Name:Jenny Mitchell
Medium:Mixed Media on Canvas
Dimensions:24" x 24"
Email:Email
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Graduate of Emily Carr school of art. Taught privately and through North Island College. Sold to collections locally and internationally. Currently prefer abstract acrylics and multi-media.
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Shoot the Moon
Joanne Nemeth
16" x 12"
Acrylic
Shoot the Moon
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Artist Name:Joanne Nemeth
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:16" x 12"
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I am often told I must have a lot of patience to create my dot paintings. It?s true that patience is required, but I find that once I have a plan of my work in mind, it is very relaxing to just let the dots flow. I have always loved nature and am an avid birder and photographer. Vancouver Island is special; there is inspiration to create everywhere I look. I am especially fascinated by the longevity of the trees I encounter in old growth forests; they radiate a warmth and collective strength. The light that filters through the tree tops inspires many of my dot paintings.
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Good Day Sunshine
Joanne Payne
31" x 31" x 1.5"
Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
Good Day Sunshine
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Artist Name:Joanne Payne
Medium:Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
Dimensions:31" x 31" x 1.5"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Jo is a Comox-based artist with a passion for exploring colour, texture, and light. She works with mixed media - primarily acrylics, pastels, and gold leaf, to create atmospheric landscapes and seascapes, and bold florals. She rarely works from photographs, preferring to work intuitively and let the painting guide her.
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Texada View
John Bonner
16"x24"
MetalPrint
Texada View
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Artist Name:John Bonner
Medium:MetalPrint
Dimensions:16"x24"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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I have been a professional commercial & portrait photographer for 34 years. Since relocating to the Comox Valley from Alberta's Rocky Mountains several years ago, I have felt a renewed passion for landscape and wildlife subjects. To tell the full story of the West Coast, I look for compositions that portray the interplay of all the elements, Earth, Sea, Sky & Animal, whenever possible.
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Bonner Geese Flight
John Bonner
16"x 24"
MetalPrint
Bonner Geese Flight
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Artist Name:John Bonner
Medium:MetalPrint
Dimensions:16"x 24"
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"The stillness of a quiet sunrise over Comox Harbour gives way to the honking of Canada Geese overhead. All these elements give me a smile to start my day."
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White Horses
Juanita Beardow
36"x60"
Digital Art
White Horses
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Artist Name:Juanita Beardow
Medium:Digital Art
Dimensions:36"x60"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Horses have been a part of my life since childhood and they are what drives my art. I try to capture the beauty, grace and strength that is part of every horse. Working digitally allows me to get down to the fine detail which I love--to perfect an eye or a nostril gives me great satisfaction. As I work from memory, it takes time to find the right movement, the right flex of muscle, the right 'look', but when it all comes together I feel as though the horse lives and breathes, ready to share its spirit with me.
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Fill Your Cup
Laura Furness
24" x 36"
Pencil Drawing printed on Canvas
Fill Your Cup
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Artist Name:Laura Furness
Medium:Pencil Drawing printed on Canvas
Dimensions:24" x 36"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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I've love art my whole life. But the last 3 years after moving back to Vancouver Island (being in Alberta for 7 years) has given me "new life" and inspiration like I've never felt before. Being away gave me a whole new appreciation and it shows in my art. There's a playfulness and dream-like quality too which definitely stems from my personality. My art truly comes from my heart and soul.
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The Center of Joy
Lucy Schappy
48" x 48"
Oil on Canvas
The Center of Joy
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Artist Name:Lucy Schappy
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:48" x 48"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Lucy Schappy's wildly optimistic paintings are a form of visual poetry that express her love of life. Symbols and colour resonate together to form a dreamy playground for the heart and mind. Her process is spontaneous and improvisational. Starting each new piece is an adventure that has no known end in sight. The process leads the journey and the outcome is unknown, a conversation evolves on the canvas of question and answer, each mark leading the next in a dance of brush and paint. The resolution of each piece comes at the end of a struggle to find balance and harmony amongst all of the aspects of the visual field. Lucy's work is informed by the things she cherishes the most: light and colour, nature and space and time. Abstract work invites personal interpretation and engages the imagination, every painting tells a story and that story is unique to the viewer. Playful optimism is the common theme repeating in Schappy's odes of gratitude to the world.
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MILLIONS AND MILLIONS
Lucy Schappy
48" x 36"
oil on canvas
MILLIONS AND MILLIONS
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Artist Name:Lucy Schappy
Medium:oil on canvas
Dimensions:48" x 36"
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Water, oceans, rivers, streams and lakes flow all around us here in the Comox Valley, givers of life, they feed and sustain us with fish and seafood. This precious resource is ours to protect and cherish.
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SKIPPING STONES
Lucy Schappy
36" x 36"
Acrylic on canvas
SKIPPING STONES
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Artist Name:Lucy Schappy
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:36" x 36"
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Sunshine on sparkling water, fresh air and wild places inspired this abstract piece that evokes a happy moment on a shore and the beauty and joy that it brings.
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Going Back from Whence We Came
Marianne Enhorning
42"x42"
Going Back from Whence We Came
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Artist Name:Marianne Enhorning
Dimensions:42"x42"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Marianne Enhorning is a West Coast Canadian artist. Born in Sweden, she is deeply influenced by her family heritage. Marianne has spent many years alternating her time between natural and urban environments: on the West Coast as a kayak guide and in cities, working in architecture. Before architecture, she had studied fine arts as part of her BA and has now returned to her true vocation, painting. Marianne creates evocative, dreamlike works in mixed media that are figurative, nature influenced and abstractly architectural. Her art emerges from her deep sense of longing for a world that is inclusive, equal and just; a world that is simple and kind.
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Good Morning Goose Spit
Marilyn Peeters
30" x 36"
Acrylic on canvas
Good Morning Goose Spit
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Artist Name:Marilyn Peeters
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:30" x 36"
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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. Peeters completed her Fine Arts diploma at North Island College and in 2009 she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with Emily Carr University. Her work transcends the limits of British Columbia?s natural landscapes, yet, still capturing the essence and symbolism of British Columbia. Her connection with nature has been engraved in her soul since childhood. As a child she remembers spending many hours alone in the woods behind the house lost in her imaginary games and thoughts. The forest became her extension of home, a place to escape from the unsettling family dynamics. Now as an adult, Peeters continues to appreciate the land in a dynamic way; nature brings her a sense of empowerment and strengthens her soul which allows her to create a place that is somewhat unusual. She likes to see it as a manifestation from a form of a spiritual ground of her faith.
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Walk In The Forest
Martha Jablonski Jones
36"V X 78" H Triptych
Acrylic on Canvas
Walk In The Forest
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Artist Name:Martha Jablonski Jones
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:36"V X 78" H Triptych
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WWW:Artist's Website
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For Martha, art has always been about a sense of place. After studying Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, she worked as an illustrator with an Edmonton design firm. Her interest in painting eventually led her to join the FCA in Calgary. She turned full attention to streetscapes and old buildings, relocating to Vancouver to focus on the richly textured urban landscape?back alleys, old buildings, imposing hydro structures. A sojourn in Texas infused her work with a recharged sense of colour and an interest in funky Americana. Then, moving to Vancouver Island brought a big scene change. Her show ?Riverwalk? at the Comox Valley Art Gallery examined littoral structures on the Courtenay River; ?Downtown? was a big city/small town miscellany at TOSH in Qualicum. Martha has maintained her interest in urban themes, But her change in environment has drawn in the natural scenery of the Island, and a renewed appreciation for the organic world that has become her home.
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Forest Light
Martha Ponting
24" x 30" x 1.5"
Acrylic on canvas
Forest Light
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Artist Name:Martha Ponting
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:24" x 30" x 1.5"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Martha was raised on a farm on the outskirts of London, Ontario. She has experienced Canada through living in various locations, including southwestern Ontario, Yukon, Winnipeg, Wetaskawin (AB), Sidney (BC), Calgary, and the Comox Valley. Martha came to art later in life and is passionate about creativity. Largely self-taught, she is an eager learner and experimenter. Her work is very eclectic. It includes landscapes and seascapes, florals, semi-abstracts, and 3-dimensional narrative assemblage statuaries.
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Empty Nest
Martha Ponting
30"x24"x1.5"
Acrylic on canvas
Empty Nest
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Artist Name:Martha Ponting
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:30"x24"x1.5"
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This painting is inspired by a nest that a bird constructed in a flower basket in my back yard as she sought protection from the elements. The fact that the nest is empty captures the fact that the nestlings have fledged and found shelter in the trees and freedom in the air.
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Liminal II
Pelka Wiltshire
30" x 40"
Transparent acrylic and gesso on canvas
Liminal II
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Artist Name:Pelka Wiltshire
Medium:Transparent acrylic and gesso on canvas
Dimensions:30" x 40"
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I am mixed media artist who enjoys exploring. An inquiry process dominates the use of materials and the exploration of subject matter. It is the visceral quality of how materials perform and interact that intrigues me. The natural world, cultural and social justice issues can strongly influence my work. I live in a place where the sea, mountains and forest are dominant entities and I find myself compelled to respond to these influences. Colour, light, textures, shapes and shadows capture my attention and spark my imagination. These responses can manifest in compositions that reflect open spaces or a focus on the intimate shapes and textures that make up the environment. Making art is a compulsion, a need, a process which can be either simple or complex yet it provides an opportunity to have a deep connection with life. My work is generally layered reflecting the thinking and feeling process. It is always my hope that my work will generate some curiosity in the viewer and inspire.
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Row Boat At Comox Wharf
Richard Farrington
24" x 36"
Canvas Gallery Wrap
Row Boat At Comox Wharf
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Artist Name:Richard Farrington
Medium:Canvas Gallery Wrap
Dimensions:24" x 36"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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I'm Richard Farrington, photographer and digital artist. I take scenic photographs and transform them on a computer, creating a unique brand of art. I think of it as a colourful style of photo-painting. I first got into photography in the ?80s. I sold stock photos for postcards, calendars, and tourism publications. Then in the ?90s I discovered the computer software that changed the world and gave birth to digital art. I was hooked. Today the digital tools are amazing, and the art they help produce is trending worldwide. My emphasis is always on quality. Each fine art image is printed in high resolution and brought to life with the texture and depth of a stretched gicl?e canvas, commonly known as a gallery wrap. I have a fully-stocked studio in Courtenay, BC. You can contact me by visiting my website:
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Foggy Forbidden
Sara Kempner
20" x 30"
Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Foggy Forbidden
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Artist Name:Sara Kempner
Medium:Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Dimensions:20" x 30"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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Born and raised in the Comox Valley, I was fortunate to develop an early appreciation for the outdoors. As I grew older, I started travelling the world but always returned to the Island, as it will forever be home for me. Being surrounded by oceans, lakes, rivers and mountains has been a key component of my overall lifestyle and has heavily influenced my photography. I'm a self taught photographer who has been lucky enough to have some amazing mentors along my journey. I am currently based out of Cumberland and specialize in outdoor photography, from fine art landscapes to lifestyle, recreation and sport imagery.
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Weathering The Storm
Sofie Skapski
30" x 40"
Oil and Cold Wax on Linen
Weathering The Storm
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Artist Name:Sofie Skapski
Medium:Oil and Cold Wax on Linen
Dimensions:30" x 40"
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WWW:Artist's Website
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My biggest inspiration comes from trees and sky. The sky holds me in enchantment; the trees lead me up to it. The silhouetted trees reaching up, the clouds scudding across that great expanse, the colours that suffuse and drain at dawn and dusk. Creating art has always been an integral part of my life. After high school I studied art at Capilano College earning a diploma, went on to do 10 months of studio work in Malaysia, then attended the Instituto de Belles Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I moved to the Comox Valley in 2004 and have been painting full time since 2006. I currently paint from my home studio in Courtenay, BC. I worked in Acrylics most of my life, switching to oils in 2010, and more recently mixing the oil paints with a cold wax medium. I have developed a number of techniques with this medium, using either palette knives or brushes.
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Quiet Reflection
Susan Schaefer
24" x 24"
acrylic on canvas
Quiet Reflection
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Artist Name:Susan Schaefer
Medium:acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:24" x 24"
Email:Email
Fax:https//susan-schaefer-fine-art.ca
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Born in the prairies, Susan made the move to Vancouver Island in 2007. She quickly became involved in the arts by creating the Island Arts Magazine. She lives in Parksville. where she teaches painting classes at the McMillan Art Gallery. She finds inspiration in her surroundings and her passion for travel.
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Moon, Suspended
Wendy Morosoff-Smith
60" x 24"
Cold Wax + Oil on Wood Panel
Moon, Suspended
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Artist Name:Wendy Morosoff-Smith
Medium:Cold Wax + Oil on Wood Panel
Dimensions:60" x 24"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Wendy Morosoff Smith is a contemporary Canadian painter and printmaker 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 luminous and richly textured images provide a new perspective to the landscape. Wendy lives in Merville, painting and printmaking in her studio overlooking the Salish Sea. Her artwork has been collected and exhibited extensively in Canada and abroad. Her pieces can be found in many public and private collections worldwide.
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