Meet The Artists
Studio #17 - Host
I paint bright and colourful landscapes, wildlife and funky flowers using acrylics. I love visual drama and contrast so tend to use lots of sharp edges and complimentary colours.
Living on Vancouver Island provides endless inspiration. From our backyard birdhouses and feeders to the fabulous trails, parks and ocean and mountain views there is always something that I feel compelled to capture in my art.
To learn more about my art, background and upcoming shows, please visit my website at at https://www.joanneayleyart.com.
Studio #3 - Host
Sylvie Bart Studio & Gallery
I am a contemporary painter using a variety of media with special interest in acrylic, mixed media, collage, inks, cold wax/oil and encaustic. My style is intuitive, bold and energetic with an emphasis on creativity.
Come and visit my studio by the Salish Sea.
Paintings, prints, cards and giftware available.
Studio and gallery are open by appointment. 🎨
I live on a private road so there is limited parking. Park in my driveway or on Hwy 19A or MacIsaac Ave. Please respect my neighbors. The short walk down has spectacular views of the Salish Sea.
Studio #16 - Guest
Dawne was born in Kelowna B.C. surrounded by lakes, orchards and the four seasons. From an early age she has always loved the arts, immersing herself in art classes all through school. Drawing and composition classes at The Alberta College of Art solidified the desire to take it to the next level.
Floral design and horticulture became a passion where she spent most of her adult career. The floral arts teach all about composition, texture, design and color that influence her paintings today. Retirement from floristry has allowed the time commitment to paint.
Dawne is a member of The Federation of Canadian Artists and has received numerous awards for her work in juried shows. She displays her work at The Old School House Gallery at Qualicum Beach and Tutt Street Gallery in Kelowna. Her work has been published in numerous publications including Arabella Art Magazine.
“I love to work with color and pattern, layering the paint for rich effects. The pieces are always evolving. The force of nature especially in flowers and trees always inspires me. Plants have such incredible beauty, strength and changeability.”
Studio #2 - Host
Peggy Burkosky Fine Art Design - AFCA
Signature Member of The Federation of Canadian ArtistsHonorary Signature Member of International Plein Air PaintersInternational Watercolour SocietySince 1973 Peggy received training in commercial design and illustration in VancouverCanada, the Federation of Canadian Artists workshops, travelling to Fabriano inAquarello International symposium workshops in Fabriano Italy, Croatia and beyond.She is a member and instructor with the VAWAA (Vacation With An Artist) internationalorganization. 2022
2022: Selected Member International Watercolour Society Museum – Canada
2020: Honorary Signature Member International Plein Air Painters
2020: VAWAA International Vacation With An Artist Instructor
2021: Federation of Canadian Artists Arrowsmith Chapter Third Place and Honorable
2019: Solo Exhibition – Gallery ExaART – Osaka Japan
2019: First Place Award Federation of Canadian Artists Spring 2019 Exhibition
2018: Federation of Canadian Artists Success Exhibition
2018: Federation of Canadian Artists Awarded AFCA Signature Status
Studio #12 - Guest
Byers grew up in southwestern Ontario, pursued a career in nursing, and has lived and worked in three provinces, as well as in north Africa, before retiring with her husband in Qualicum Beach.
Her interest in art has been life long, but was developed while living and travelling overseas, and then attending the University of Calgary, as well as courses at ACAD, and acceptance into Artpoint Gallery & Studios, Calgary. She has continued to take workshops from various artists in Canada and the US.
While she enjoys painting representational art, Jan enjoys the special complexity of creating abstracts, one of the purest forms of expression, and derived completely from the artist. The process involves multiple layers of colours, shapes, textures, and lines creating a history on canvas or wood panel that may touch an emotional moment not just for the artist, but for the viewer as well.
Byers is a member of the Vancouver FCA, and the Arrowsmith and Nanaimo FCA Chapters. Her works have been shown at Theatre Calgary, the FCA Gallery, Vancouver, Nanaimo Port Theatre, TOSH, Qualicum Stationers & Gallery, Ladysmith Arts Council and Raintree Gallery. They are available from her home studio, as well as Art 10 Gallery in Nanaimo.
Studio #6 - Guest
I began painting in soft pastels a few years ago. I am drawn to its vibrancy and versatility.
This medium provides me with the opportunity to capture natures beauty, whether it be wildlife or landscapes.
My goal is to give the viewer a connection to nature as seen through my work.
Studio #15 - Host
Early on, Birgit learned to closely examine the world around her to interpret and ultimately express her version of its uniqueness, resulting in paintings with a distinct sense that more of the story lurks just behind the canvas. She is an accomplished and multiple award-winning artist having earned the Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Her work is technically sound, exceptional and timeless.
Studio #9 - Host
Jane's paintings represent her love of nature and the coastal scene. Often her works have a story, usually about the interaction of humans and the natural world- such as the excitement of the herring fishery in the spring, a kayak shed along the shore, a tugboat surging along… Currently she is working on a series of small working boats on the BC coast. She works primarily in watercolour and gouache.
Studio #11 - Host
I am an Islander. My paintings are inspired by the natural world, especially the wildlife from this amazing place I call home. I strive to capture those fleeting moments of surprise, a calm measured gaze or fierceness. It's all about the eyes! With a goal to transport the viewer to those private places that we don't often see in our everyday life. To feel as if we are in that magical wild world of the woods, oceans, rivers and mountains. I hope to inspire people to protect our wild places.
My pieces are colourful, textural and often a bit whimsical. I am fascinated with exploring different mediums. Everything from colored pencils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, watersoluble graphite and inks. I love getting into the details and can spend weeks to months on certain projects. I look forward to chatting with you during the studio tour :)
Studio #4 - Host
Being creative has been a significant part of "Who I am" for most of my life. I am a self taught painter starting with the Folk Art Craze of the '80's. I have taken numerous classes and have chosen to learn from technically skilled instructors, especially in Watercolour. The style in which I paint has developed with those skills. I always find the humourous side of situations, and that is reflected in my work and my teaching style. My paintings are described as ‘painterly, colorful and happy’. I am a skills focused instructor and love to encourage beginner painters to really look at the world and experience the joy and pleasure of a creative lifestyle.
Studio #10 - Guest
Here I am, Christine, having moved from Montreal, were I grew up. My Husband, daughter and I crossed Canada in an RV accompanied with two dogs and cats, along with our wine collection during the height of COVID. We have been settling in Parksville for almost two years now.
I had a career in Corporate Aviation with Bombardier and traveled extensively as a flight attendant. Along with hard work I was very often rewarded with visiting wonderful cities and their Museums, filling my imagination. Now I have retired on the Island and finally fulfilling and catching up with my Art pursuits. Younger, I studied at Concordia University - Montreal, in Studio and fine art. I had the good fortune of learning painting under Tom Hopkins, a Montreal painter; He inspired me and gave me confidence to follow my instincts. Montreal fed my creativity with its wonderful Art scene and constantly evolving Museums.
Now I will use the Island beauty to continue my personal journey.
Studio #15 - Guest
“I’ve been inspired by colour all my life. The vibrancies, the energies, the moods and the harmonies that colour creates “talk to me”. In all of my paintings I try to capture this, creating a visual story through paint strokes, colour combinations and balance. Valerie is a juried Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the FCA Arrowsmith Chapter and is a member of The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) in Qualicum Beach.
Valerie will paint a portrait of your family pet, dogs or cats. You can view samples of her work during the tour.
Studio #16 - Host
Laura paints in a painterly style with loose washes and expressive line work both in watercolour and acrylic. She enjoys painting and sketching plein air. These ink and watercolour sketches often become inspirations for her larger studio paintings. It is in her studio where she also plays, painting from memory and imagination.
A founding member of the former TOSH 10 Studio, she now exhibits and paints in The Side Door Studio in The Old School House Arts Centre, Qualicum Beach. Laura is a Fellow of the Ottawa Watercolour Society and an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists where her paintings have won awards.
Studio #10 - Host
Currently, as well as printmaking, I paint in acrylics with mixed media to create layered images conveying aspects of the natural world, memories, and responses to poetry, music, plays and literature. Each viewer brings their individual life experiences to a painting. Colours and shapes, fragments of a line combine with memories to engage the viewer in a silent conversation, allowing them to interpret the image in their own unique way.
My art career spans many years and has included calligraphy, botanical painting and drawing and artist’s miniature books. For almost twenty years I focused on miniature books, and received six Distinguished Book Awards. My archive is held at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. The books can be seen on www.dewaldenpress.com/all-books and are in many library Special Collections and private collections worldwide.
Studio #3 - Guest
Anne returned to her love of art upon retirement and a move back to B.C. As a member of the Salt Spring Painters’ Guild, she attended workshops with artists such as Janice Robertson and Andrew McDermott. She discovered her interest in portrait drawing with artist, Gabrielle Jensen.
Anne moved to Qualicum Beach in 2015 and continued her desire to learn from other artists. She is influenced by Nick Bantock, Patt Scrivener, Peggy Burkosky and Joan Larson. Anne rediscovered her love of clay under instruction with Joel Prevost, at Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio.
In 2017 Anne was accepted into The Federation of Canadian Artists. She is a member of the Arrowsmith Chapter of FCA. She is also a member of DeCosmos Art Society. Anne has exhibited at the TOSH Members’ Show, and The MAC.
Anne derives pleasure from experimenting in various mediums: pastels, charcoal, acrylics, and clay.
Studio #5 - Host
After studying Design and Art History at MRC in Calgary Alberta and graduating in 1978 I have remained active in the fine arts. I have shown my work both Internationally and
Provincially and my work is on walls from England and Australia to the U.S.A. and Canada. I have taught both adults and children for decades and love the interaction of students when they discover their own creativity. I often ‘switch’ media and find that different painting media can enhance each other. I paint what inspires me and often that seems to be the play of light and shadow, opacity and transparency that transforms subject matter.
Studio #1 - Host
Sheena McCorquodale - Cat House Gallery
I have worked as a graphic designer all my adult life in sign
design, computer graphics, hand painted designs, tv set
graphics, theatre set & prop design, and typography.
I've explored my own creativity away from the commercial
work environment with drawing, painting, and sculpture.
My favourite medium is sculpting with chicken wire. A surprisingly
forgiving medium that provides me with endless opportunity
to create. I love having the ability to breathe life into this
relatively industrial, unlikely material.
Studio #7 - Host
Donna McDonnell - AFCA
Growing up in Ottawa, Ontario, Donna created art in one form or another for as long as she can remember. In 1987, she enrolled at Algonquin College in Graphic Design to finally make a career of doing what she loved, winning numerous awards and finishing top student in her class. She was employed as a graphic designer and illustrator in Ottawa for over ten years, before moving west in 2006.
Donna is a Signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA), a member of the Arrowsmith Chapter of the FCA, and a Signature member of Pastel Artists Canada (PAC). She enjoys printmaking, working in soft pastel, oil and watermedia, and painting outside during the dry months of summer. Her drawings, paintings and monotypes are in private collections across Canada.
Studio #14 - Host
Sherry Mitchell - SFCA Serendipity Studio
I was born and raised in Qualicum Beach, and was brought up in a family that loved all things botanical. Consequently, the inspiration for many of the paintings that I have completed over the past 45 years are native plants and flowers of the Pacific northwest.
I absolutely love realism, and in many ways the paintings look like photographs, hence the term for the work is photorealism. I also love the fact that most people can relate to my work because the subjects are immediately recognizable. My work doesn’t require elaborate
explanation to give it meaning.
The challenge of creating these watercolour images that look three-dimensional on the two-dimensional surface is exciting, because the strong contrasts of light and shadow make the subjects jump off the paper.
I am a senior signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and a member of the International Guild of Realism. My work has been shown nationally and internationally, and I have received awards in a number of international exhibitions. My works are held in private
collections around the world, and several have been reproduced in botanical publications.
Studio #17 - Guest
I live in a place rich with an abundance of natural beauty: light, trees, mountains, the ocean, and birds inspire my work. My acrylic dot paintings are a form of pointillism. I start with the largest dots first, and slowly fill up the canvas with smaller and smaller dots until I’m satisfied there is no room for more. The contrast of the colored dots and the underpainting make my paintings shimmer. My work takes patience, 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 was smitten with the first dot artwork I’d seen that was done by a fellow artist; I knew I had to try it myself. I hope people viewing my work feel something similar. I want to capture their imagination; I want them to wonder: how did she do that?
Studio #9 - Guest
Lynn Orriss was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1943. She was introduced to art at an early age through the family gallery and picture framing shop.
As as a child, Lynn attended classes at the Edmonton Art Gallery. Several years later, with the encouragement of family and friends, she enrolled in University of Alberta extension Courses, studying drawing, watercolour, oil painting and etching. To further her skills in watercolour and oil she took workshops with several skilled artisans and introduced herself to sumi-e painting and china painting on porcelain. Lynn continues to paint in all mediums as well as teaching art to children and adults. Although specializing in miniature painting, she has recently ejoyed working in mixed media in a larger format.
Her works have been exhibited in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, Canada, and are included in private collections in Canada, U.S.A, Australia, the U.K., Europe, Japan and Pakistan.
Studio #1 - Guest
Pat Palmer grew up in Calgary, Canada, and has since 1969 lived in Australia, Canada, Singapore, the USA , and the UK. In late 2011, she returned to Canada and now resides in Nanoose Bay, British Columbia.
Taking the opportunities presented along the route of her travels, Pat has participated in various fine art classes including degree courses at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada, and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.
Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions. Notable amongst these were the 1999 Art of the Northeast Exhibition, and the Spectrum 2000 Juried Exhibition (both in CT, USA).
Pat is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. She is also a member of the Art 10 Gallery in Nanaimo.
Studio #19 - Host
Susan Schaefer - From the Prairies…to the West Coast…and Beyond.
Born in Saskatchewan, Susan moved to Vancouver Island in 2007.
With a graphic arts background she was quickly able to establish The Island Arts Magazine. Now into it’s 15th year, the magazine is well recognized as a digital
Susan calls herself an impressionistic painter. Working from photos in her studio, her artwork becomes an impression of what she sees, often pushing the boundaries of colour and design.
Susan shares her passion for the arts by teaching and volunteering at local galleries. She makes her home in Parksville BC.
She enjoys gardening, walking the beach with her dog Chace, and traveling with her partner Jeff. She also enjoys and finds inspiration by spending time with her fellow artists.
Studio #20 - Host
Silke Seiler - Studio Toko
Silke's inspiration comes from the world around her. Born and raised on the west coast of beautiful British Columbia Silke spent summers growing up on her parents sailboat exploring the inside passage of coastal BC. After living in Tofino, Lasqueti Island and Parksville her world continues to inspire her art through the natural beauty of the inlets, beaches and rivers of the islands.
Studio #12 - Host
Diane Spence was born in Noranda Quebec. She moved to Vancouver Island after retiring from nursing in 1999.
Diane is a self-taught artist. Workshops and fellow artists are always a help to her while she explores and expresses her personal art. Nicholas Wilton and Robert Burridge are two of the many instructors who’s workshops she has attended.
Her portfolio is mainly non- objective and reflects varied interests in developing many ideas. She uses acrylics, inks, encaustics and plaster to create her pieces. This gives her a freedom to explore her concepts.
She hopes you will enjoy her work.
Sandstrom Spence Studio
Studio #1 - Guest
Bonnie is a Canadian artist, born in Vancouver B.C. and now residing on Vancouver Island. She is a graduate of the University of B.C., Toronto Conservatory of Music and the contemporary arts program of the Vancouver Island School of Art in Victoria B.C. Her further training includes intensive workshops with well-known Canadian and American artists. She is an award winning, active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her works hang in private collections in Canada, Europe, and the U.S.A.
Bonnie's work straddles the genres of realism and abstract expressionism. It is influenced and informed by her background as a musician in combination with the natural beauty of the west coast landscape.
About her abstract work, she states:
"Using music as an inspirational reference I interpret the various sounds, textures, rhythms and patterns that flow from an innate visual language. My work combines these elements into compositions where colour, shape, and line are the primary subjects of interest. My process is exploratory and contemplative. Each new mark on the canvas requires a response to the one that came before. What begins randomly becomes deliberate. My work is about combining the illusive qualities of the visual with the audio experience."
Studio #21 - Host
I completed a degree in art at the University of Calgary in 1983 where I majored in drawing and painting. I have been juried into shows in both Sidney Fine Art Show ( 2017,2018, 2019 ) and Sooke Fine Art Show ( 2018, 2021) .My works are in private and corporate collections such as Pan Canadian Oil ( Encana) , Esso ( Imperial Oil) and since 2018 have been an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
My process of creation is one based on intuition . Many viewers comment on the varied styles I work in ( the particular day and my mood dictate the style of my
work at that time.) I cannot be pigeon holed into a particular style or form.
“ Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.“ Claude Monet I search for images / ideas, looking for the contrasts , the play of light and
shadows on objects or the play of one colour against another . I only want to show the way in which I see the world around me as any artist will do . DON’T pass by what many deem as “ ordinary “ - STOP , WITNESS AND APPRECIATE
the intricacies of the movement of light and colour in the simplest of things ........like a group of pebbles on the beach
Studio #18 - Host
Fay St. Marie
Fay St. Marie paints from her backyard studio in Parksville, BC. Fay has a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She has been painting for over 40 years and became fulltime after leaving her nursing career in the 1990s. Fay is an Active Member of Federation of Canadian
“Painting primarily in acrylic because it is so versatile, I also incorporate various media and objects to create my pieces of art. Working in a series is something I like to do whether it is still life of pomegranates or flowers, or special places I have visited or lived in. It is the fascination of something specific like color, texture, mood, and/or light of the subject that influences me. My largest series which is special to my heart is the Ukrainian series which started after a mission trip to Ukraine in 2008 to help the widows and orphans. I was inspired by the widows’ resilience, the countryside and my mother’s Ukrainian heritage.”
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Vikki Vettese was born in Victoria, raised in Calgary, spent 12 years in northern Canada and now resides in Parksville .Vikki’s paintings have been exhibited and won awards in juried shows across Canada .Vikki has taken to exploring the islands and her acrylic paintings now have a strong west coast focus .Although Vikki’s preferred med is acrylic, her previous 30 years with the FCA, working primarily in watercolors gave her great experience in washes ,color and texture.
Studio #6 - Host
Lucy works primarily in soft pastels. “I adore the medium - the feel, the luscious colours. I strive with every painting to match my vision for the subject, whether it be animals, birds, or landscapes. In my mind’s eye, I want to build an emotional connection with my subject in some way, to give it life. This has developed over time and continues to develop with every painting.”
In addition to Master’s level education in both Health Sciences and Social Work, Lucy has a BA in Studio Art (U of S). She is a Signature Member of Pastel Artists Canada, a member of Pastellistes de France, Art du Pastel en France, and holds Active Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her multiple award-winning work is held in permanent and private collections in Canada and abroad and has been featured in many Canadian national juried exhibitions.
See all my work at Lucy Wallace Artwork on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/lucywallaceartwork/
Studio #8 - Host
Susan White - AFCA
From childhood onwards, I have felt the need to create art. When not drawing, I was exploring and observing the natural world around me in rural Manitoba. I now reside on Vancouver Island, where I am daily presented with breathtaking views and surrounded by wildlife.
It is appropriate that my creative inspiration leads to the portrayal of my main subject matter, wildlife. I attempt to show the animals and birds I paint in their increasingly shrinking natural habitats.
I have chosen to work mainly in pastels. The depth, vibrancy of colour and the ability to render small details is a perfect fit for me. I am a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, with Associate Signature Designation.