On 11, Oct 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
“Art is not just about me. It is expanding other people’s awareness of art and giving them an opportunity to see life in a positive light,” says watercolour artist Alex Fong, “It’s about making the world a better place in which to live.”
On 10, Oct 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Anita has always loved art and has taken many painting and drawing courses over the years. In university she took some painting classes along with two years of art history which gave her insight into techniques etc. Anita prefers acrylics, and loves to use bright colours to enhance her whimsical style of painting. She likes to capture the Okanagan landscape using her own unique interpretation of the natural environment.
On 08, Oct 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Daniel Dearborn was born in British Columbia and grew up in towns from the coast of BC to living near the beautiful rocky mountains and the flat land of the Saskatoon . From early childhood Daniel felt that his connection to the nature around him was the heart of his world. At a young age he developed the habit of observation, the appreciation of small things, and an intense love for the strange and beauty in nature.
On 05, Oct 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
A sense of serenity permeates the beautiful landscape images created by artist, David Daase. Precision of detail and line, expertly combined with creative use of light, colour and composition, result in works rich in character, depth and beauty. Far beyond just painting scenery, David captures the heart of nature by drawing the viewer into the places he himself envisions as he unveils small corners of God’s awesome creation.
On 02, Oct 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Douglas was born in Nebraska and also lived in Iowa and Minnesota. Douglas and his wife now reside in the Okanagan. Douglas has become a Canadian citizen, has a daughter, son-in-law, and has three young grandchildren.
Doug’s grandfather was a long-time photographer and encouraged Doug’s interest from a young age. Though Douglas always had a camera, photography remained a hobby until the digital camera matured and he found a passion for landscape photography where his computer skills could be applied to photography producing high resolution panoramas.
On 30, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Traveling the world, artist Glenda MacQuarrie has embraced a variety of cultures and environments. These experiences are reflected in the subject matter and colours of Glenda’s paintings. Earlier works of art included watercolour paintings, pastels, and pottery. However, more recent paintings reflect an understanding of oil paint using “negative” painting techniques on purple or black canvas. The art is an exciting mixture of light and contrast combined with bold colours. Glenda’s educational background in applied design, a degree from Simon Fraser University and a teaching degree are part of her personal philosophy of continued lifelong learning.
On 29, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Self-taught along with workshops, Grace has been painting for the past 18 years but has been an artist her entire life. Acrylic is her medium of choice but she also really enjoys working with pastel and watercolour. The human figure, landscapes, still-life and anything to do with the sea are her favourite subjects.
On 27, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
John Revill was born on a morning in March 1954 in the Toronto area and has lived in the Okanagan since the age of five. During his late teens he decided on a career as a painter and has stayed on that path ever since.
While never studying in a formal school of art, John has developed his talents through mentoring with other artists and through his own personal studies. Painters such as Alex Colville, Salvador Dali, and many of the Old Masters have had an effect on his technique and compositional style, as well as the art forms of Canada’s West Coast Indigenous People.
On 24, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
“If there is a message in my work, it’s conservation first and last. It devastates me to see how so many people don’t make the connection between wasteful habits and protecting the environment. This planet is our home, we all live in it and conservation is essential, not just for other animals but for our own survival too, every one of us. It’s just that fundamental.”
On 21, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Born in Vancouver, BC Kit attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1974. Throughout her life Kit has always drawn and painted and although her professional career took her into the world of computers, art always remained a strong interest.
On 19, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Lizann was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has always enjoyed travel and exploring new places. Lizann loves the outdoors and likes to record what she sees in order to share it with others.
On 18, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
“Nothing connects the beauty of nature with the valued traditions of the past like a cluster-laden vineyard.”
Louise’s many showings throughout the valley have garnered wide acclaim, causing the local media to nickname her “The Lady of Light” for her ability to capture within her work the spectacular lights and shadows of the surrounding mountains, skies and vineyards.
On 15, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Marilynn Bury was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but has called Kelowna, BC her home since 1971. It is the beautiful Okanagan Valley where she has been inspired by the natural surroundings and abundance of fruits and wonderful orchards.
Marilynn enjoys painting in both acrylics and oils, depending on the subject. It gives her great pleasure to see a painting emerge. She likes using vibrant, warm and sunny tones in an impressionistic style, especially in her signature fruit paintings. Marilynn’s background in Interior Decorating has given her a great love and sense of colour.
On 12, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Michael Jell was born in Maidstone, England but he spent most of his childhood in Zimbabwe, Africa.
Michael was fortunate to have good teachers who encouraged his artistic talents. He attended Sheridan College of Art in Ontario. The positive feedback and support from his art teachers gave him an excellent foundation and he has continued to develop and learn on his own.
On 11, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Mona was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1956. She was just a young girl when her and her family moved to Kelowna, BC. It’s here that she still resides, in the nearby community of Lake Country.
Mona started her artistic career in high school, where she won many awards for her talent.
On 09, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
The incredibly diverse landscape and ever-changing sea of British Columbia has inspired Natasha to paint. The ruggedness of the mountains and the turbulence of the ocean are complemented with her series of wineries that create a sense of serenity. Using acrylic and oil, Natasha has been able to create a feeling of depth that makes the onlooker want to enter the picture. With limitless inspiration rendering a scene with tone and definition has become, for Natasha, a lifetime pursuit.
On 06, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Peter Ivens is an active outdoors man and a practicing professional artist with over twenty-five years experience. Peter is a B.F.A. graduate from the University of Alberta and has worked as an illustrator, designer and art instructor. A session at the respected Emma Lake Artists Workshop in 1982 encouraged him to paint full time and since then his paintings have been exhibited throughout western Canada. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts holds his artwork in their collection, as do numerous corporate and private patrons.
On 05, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Robert Dow Reid was born in Scotland and has always been heavily influenced by the sea. His grandfather was a sea captain, and he, himself, became a whaler back in the forties and fifties, when whalers traveled to remote corners of the globe, such as Antarctica.
On 04, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
“Six months backpacking through Europe turned out to be the key that unlocked a door I hadn’t even known existed-Suddenly I found myself working with ancient imagery, ancient documents and feeling a sense of connection to it all, even though I was a fisherman from Prince Rupert.”
On 03, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Born and raised in Pakistan, Tina travelled within the country and overseas with her diplomat father.
Trained as a Graphic Designer, her artistic journey has been that of an explorer. She works in a variety of mediums, of which pastels are her medium of preference. Often enjoying an “explosion” of colours, Tina finds working with a limited palette equally thrilling. Light cascading over forms, natural or man-made, is the driving force that compels her to paint as she strives to capture a specific moment in time.