October – Judy McPhee

October – Judy McPhee

Judy McPhee was born in Edmonton and grew up in British Columbia. Working with her husband Thomas, she learned the pate de verre technique of cast glass as well as stone casting and finishing. Currently she is involved in working with textiles, creating luxurious art cushions based on drawing by Thomas as well as one of a kind fabric shoulder bags.   Recently, Judy has been active in photography, as seen here in these photos. She is a member of the Salt Spring Photography Club and exhibits her photos with the Club shows and in spaces around...
September 2017 – Tracy Harrison

September 2017 – Tracy Harrison

Tracy is a self-taught, multimedia artist working with a variety of materials which include clay, paint, charcoal, found objects and fibre optics. Images are created from the heart and their essence is of a spiritual, emotive and organic nature. Inspired by her travels in Asia and a course on black ink brush painting in Thailand, Tracy began developing her own style of collage using black ink brush strokes with liquified acrylic orbs. She uses handmade paper from Thailand and developed both scroll like presentations and framed floating work in shadow boxed frames. Tracy also pursued a line of animal forms using a few strokes as possible to render the animal form. Check out the the two-stroke bear or the one stroke geckos. Tracy has also written poems to accompany some of the...
August 2017 – Gillian Gandossi

August 2017 – Gillian Gandossi

Gillian is inspired by nature’s timeless and ever-changing beauty. Observing natural rhythms and harmony in our world provide an endless source of wonder for her. Whimsical compositions, with a unique style of visual representation, develop in her home-studio as she explores memories and photographs. The process is intuitive and imaginative. What begins as observing and sketching evolves into rhythmic layering of colored, acrylic paints. The images grow, as brushes follow the flow of forms and explore the repetition of patterns. Observing nature’s timeless and ever-changing beauty and trying to communicate it through painting is a constant reminder for me of that great mystery – the source of creation and...
July 2017 – Florence Roberge

July 2017 – Florence Roberge

After an early career as a printmaker/artist, florence returned to university and became a social worker. Later, she obtained a law degree and worked as a lawyer in the field of aboriginal law, all the while continuing to paint and draw. Since 1999, she has been able to work as an artist full-time. For the last 15 years, she has lived and worked at ‘Bunbury’ on Salt Spring Island. It is an idyllic setting with an ocean view, a large garden and a beautiful studio. Florence does not have a formal fine arts degree but makes no claim to being self-taught. She points to many, generous mentors and colleagues as inspiration. She has also spent several weeks a year in Europe for the last 12 years and has been exposed to the best of European art, both historical and contemporary. Florence’s work has been purchased by private collectors across N. America and in Europe and Australia and is part of several public collections, including that of the Burnaby Art Gallery and of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in...
June 2017 – Eva Francis

June 2017 – Eva Francis

Eva Francis is a contemporary West Coast landscape painter. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba, and studied Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in New York. Born and raised in the interior of British Columbia, she pursued a career in graphic design. It was at a gallery in Banff, Alberta, where she first saw a painting using wax, then at a number of galleries in Europe where they were labelled as mixed media. Intrigued, she did some research on the internet and found some workshops in the US. Since then she has taken part in a number of shows on the North Shore, Vancouver and Salt Spring Island.   You can find Eva in her garden studio in West Vancouver most days, after she has gone on a hike or snowshoe on the North Shore Mountains. Her windows look out on the Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea) and Gulf Islands where freighters, seaplanes and flocks of crows are seen on their daily...
May 2017 – Ilse Leader

May 2017 – Ilse Leader

Ilse’s formal training in Germany was in the fashion industry, learning the art of designing, pattern making and the making of garments. With that background she decided to make garments from hand spun, hand dyed and hand woven fabric. Inspired by the beauty of Salt Spring Island and the range of colours one experiences, colour and the finishing of the garments became my trade mark. After about 35 years of making hand woven garments, she switched to knitting, which she had used to create “one of a kind” garments. Her next step was to make garments from hand felted materials, and from there she moved to integrating the full size of the felted garments in her artwork. View more of Ilse’s artwork and garments at Salt Spring...

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