I currently have the honour of being featured in an art exhibit at Nest Collective's THEgallery.
To participate I submitted an application with sample works. Upon acceptance, I needed to have a certain amount of art framed, and ready to be shown. This art had to be new to the scene in the Cowichan Valley, having not been displayed recently in another gallery.
Though I'd never displayed in any gallery at all before, and any of my art would have fit the bill. I took it upon myself to create a number of brand new pieces, specifically for 'Summer' at THEgallery. I thought that it would be a fun way to thank my supporters, by showing them something completely new, in a new setting. With this in mind, I have chosen to have these works as limited edition pieces.
I drew inspiration from Island life, as I usually do. I have 6 works on display in this exhibit, the largest being, 'Southern Gulf Archipelago', measuring 18x24. This hand carved linocut print features our coast's gulf islands from D'Arcy Island, north to Gabriola Island.
Each design begins with an idea, hand drawn onto sketch paper, then traced onto transfer paper. Next is the timely task of carefully carving, doing test prints, and touch ups, until the final image is ready to be inked and printed.
The next seaside image that I carved was wholly inspired by a skim boarding a trip to Chesterman Beach with one of my brothers.
When I decide to use a real life photo as inspiration, it's a little bit different than when I come up with a design from scratch, I reference the photo as I freehand sketch.
Sometimes I take care to make it mirror image, but other times I keep it as is, making the printed image a mirror to the original.
The finished original art piece hanging in THEgallery has soft watercolour detailing using a 'sunse't palette of colours.
Along the same lines as the previous image is "Coastal Mama".
This is a photo reference design that I carved mirror image to the original, making it the same as the real life photo.
I carved this one from a trip to Sombrio Beach with my husband and twin boys. Sombre Beach is one of the many places along our coastline that I hold dear, you can't help but feel one with nature here. The waves crashing loudly, the trickling rumble of the beach stones rolling in and out, and the salty fresh air - a fresh, adventurous and sacred place.
Though this image was carved in the latter part of last year, I had yet to publicly display the print.
Next we have my collection of Sandpiper images, titled "A Migratory Shorebird".
The first time that I observed sandpipers in nature was on large sandy beach here on Vancouver Island. These shorebirds seemed to be happily running about, with the same childlike joy that I could see in my toddlers who ran alongside them.
For the framed piece that I have on display in THEgallery, the birds have been carefully printed on a previously ink rolled paper with subtle wave imprints.
I had a lot of fun with this next one, a single bird wing called, "Part of the Flock".
A little ode to my partnership in the artisan retail collective that I'm a part of here in the Cowichan Valley, Nest Collective. On my Instagram feed you can catch a time lapsed video clip of the carving process.
Test prints were done in black, but for the finished piece printed and framed for THEgallery, I used a metalic gold ink.
This one is a single edition, if you wish to purchase it, please contact me, or go directly to THEgallery and talk to someone there!
The last one to be featured here on this blog, and in THEgallery sparked a lot of excitement on social media, which sparked even more excitement within me; So thank you for that encouragement, it always means a lot!
This design, "Tales in Flight" features a songbird perched on floral and leafy stems, that seem to be blooming from the pages of a book.
It's while reading books that our imaginations thrive, using the verbal imagery to create worlds and adventures in our minds.
Of these 6 designs, this is the one that may not be quite as limited... There have already been multiple requests for this image to be printed on various items, especially tank tops and t-shirts. So you'll just have to wait and see!
Each of these art pieces are available for sale in THEgallery at Nest Collective. I hope that you're able to enjoy the exhibit currently running. Featured artists include Stefani Williams, Brent Baker, Geneva Jacobs, Debra Hunter, Nicole Sylvester, and 12 year old student artist Houtson Marshall.
Supporting local art is a great way to connect with community, boost local economy, and to make your home little bit happier in a coastal way!