Taking pictures has become a unique way of expressing myself. As a multicultural artist, sometimes it's easier to convey a message with an image than finding the right words. As with all my creative projects, my photography reflects my passion for travel and my love for nature. Like most foreigners in Canada, I’ve experienced some form of racism. So, apart from bringing some color into the world, I like to think my work inspires people to overcome the fear of the unknown, learn from different cultures, and bring down the misconceptions they have of other inhabitants on our planet.
Shane Bagni, Hickory Leather
Shane Bagni is a leather worker from Calgary, Alberta, who got his start in leather craft while attending the Alberta College of Art and Design. Entirely self-taught, Shane describes his style of design as minimal and functional, and creates goods that are meant to be used daily, and passed down as heirlooms. When not creating custom work for clients, or designing new products for his small leather goods company, Shane teaches leather craft workshops, helping people create products with their own hands. Having lived in the lower mainland for the past 6 years, Shane uses influence from west coast imagery, landscapes, and animals as inspiration for his latest works, using the sockeye salmon as the icon representing his brand.
Arlane Baird is a Port Moody based Canadian Artist. She is a mother of three wonderful grown children and has worked in Family and Children’s Services.
Arlane has recently retired and happily pursuing her Artistic passion for painting and illustrations, she enjoys reflecting the beauty of the natural world. She is self taught and started painting watercolours in 1998.
Arlane has published a Children’s Book called “My Park” and has previously published illustrations in a marketing magazine, also she loves creating lovely watercolour Art Cards
My journey in oil painting is an observation of everything that enters my world. Trying to create that bridge between that of painting and things around me. During my many walks I am always looking at the many objects around me, for the West Coast is always changing from morning to night and season to season. With my camera I love to look for the changes in theses different lights as they settle around me, the equilibrium between light and shadow. Then go and paint something ordinary on canvas and make it extraordinary. For I try and capture the power of realism and impressionism in my paintings, bringing the two together. The more I spend looking, observing and then painting the more I learn.
I was first introduced to stained glass in the early eighties when this medium suddenly became very popular. I attended a few workshops and learned the techniques of copper foiling and lead caming. I was captivated by this art form, wich inspired me to set up a small studio in my house. Working with glass is labor intensive, but it always challenges me to explore new ways for expressing my artistic ideas. I mainly use the copper foil technique because it allows me to design with easy flowing lines which more naturally suit my background in drawing. In the past I have had opportunities to show my work at various times and places: I had a solo show at the Port Moody Art Centre in 2005, "Reflections in Glass". In 2007 I participated in a group show at the Surrey Art Gallery, and since have had my work displayed at various venues. I also had my work profiled in the Profitable Glass Magazine, and I was a member of the Silk Gallery in Port Moody until its closure last year.
In recent years my body of work portray my fascination with the visual language of industrial energy. Levers, screws, cog wheels and other industrial parts are all static symbols that suggest movement, production, and the harvest of energy. I like to play with the ideas of fusing organic elements with industrial parts on my pieces. This allowed me to explore a fantasy where machines are planted into mysterious creatures in order to make them look like equipped with unpredictable functions which also symbol the new force in the future. I also like to experience different techniques and styles on my work. I was inspired by the objects in museums which was made thousands years ago, the Bronze Age in ancient China, and transformed them into modern shapes, such as mugs with legs. As such, my work over the years has been influenced to capture extreme and irrational pairing of elements and ideas.
I make my art because it brings me joy. I use my art to unpack what I see around me and what I feel inside, the beautiful and the troubling. I explore the conflicting themes of permanence and change, whether it is landscapes changed by human hands, changing seasons, or a changing climate. My paintings are inspired by the forms and colours in the landscapes, the ocean, sky, and water of the Pacific Northwest. I am an outsider here and I occupy the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people. I have worked in many different media, from print making, to sculpting, to photography, but painting feels like coming home. My Welsh grandmother taught me to paint when I was a child, and I still feel the tug of our connection when I paint today. My work will always be informed by her love of wild places and intense natural colours that she passed on to me. I make reference sketches, watercolours, and take photographs out in the open air before producing my works in my home. I work in acrylics because I love their immediacy. I am currently experimenting with mixed media techniques and trying out ways to bring charcoal and oil pastels into my future work.
I work with clay making functional ware because it brings me joy. Every part of the process from wedging to throwing, to firing, formulating and mixing glazes, all the way to sanding the bottoms of the pots when they come from the glaze kiln. But the thing that really turns all that joy real is when someone finds space in their home for a piece of my work. My work tends to be minimalist, I'm a quiet and (usually) calm person and my pots tend to reflect that sensibility.
I am a self-taught alcohol ink artist. As someone who has worked with other artistic media such as watercolor and papermaking, I made the happy discovery that alcohol ink is, to me, the most captivating of all. I often describe it as being alive due to its dynamic and interactive nature.
Often I begin the process with a preconceived idea of the outcome, but due to the characteristics and fluidity of this medium, it tends to morph into what it wants to become. The process involves a balance of control and abandon, a play between the intentional and incidental. Some of my favorite pieces are the ones the ink has dictated, with me as a mere facilitator.
I’m happiest when around water. Whether sailing on it, diving under it, paddling through it or painting with it, it sustains my soul. Living and painting on board Island Prism, a 36’ sailboat, means my inspiration can flow with the tides and currents of the ocean. My seascapes are built up one ripple at a time. I combine fluid brush strokes of translucent watercolour and untouched swirls of paper to create a sense of motion and light. I aim to share the beauty, wonder and interconnectedness of our stunning, rugged coastlines.
Nature is all around us; we are part of it. It can bring a smile to our face or a tear to our eye. When you look at my paintings you may see a person, an animal or a landscape; but that is an illusion, for what I paint are the subtle senses imbedded into their image. Soft whispers, serenity, warmth, stillness. My choice of watercolour as a medium allows me to capture subtleties and nuances of light. The colours can be soft and delicate or bold and bright. I want people to not just see what I see, I want them to feel it, to be right there standing next to me.
I was born in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Vancouver in my early teens. Over the years I have dabbled in various crafts, in fact, I owned a chocolate shop/handcrafted gift store (Como Lake Village) for over 10 years. While living in Australia, I wanted something to do with my hands that didn’t take a lot of room (that’s a laugh)! While holidaying back in Canada I found an iris folding kit and the rest is history. I returned to Canada in 2009 and started card making on an almost full time basis as I am now retired. I now create a number of my own designs, often from customer requests. I am able to import papers from around the world and enjoy creating unique, one-of-a-kind cards and framed art. The cards can easily be framed in a 5x7 with a matte. I hope you enjoy.
When I was four years old I put my foot in a small trickle of grey goo flowing from the Athabasca Glacier ...my shoe was lost forever but my love affair with clay had just begun. I am drawn to the organic nature of clay, the way it feels in my hands and its’ earthy smell. The art of ceramics is over 16 thousand years old and this both inspires and humbles me.
Many of my pieces reflect the curves, lines and textures found in nature. I enjoy making nontraditional works both functional and decorative.
Terri Giulietti is a resident of Port Moody. She walked into her local bead shop one day to sign up for her first wire wrap class and was instantly hooked. She has been creating and designing jewelry for 10 years. Her work has been selling in local shops in the Tricities area for the last 5 years. She works using precious metals and gemstones to create simple and unique pieces that appeal to anyone who enjoys wearing jewelry.
Leesa Hanna’s book, “The BIG Adventures of Little O. A song for the salmon." (ages 5-13), highlights how one person can make a difference and it is as much a story about the circle of life as it is a meditation on the natural world.
As an author and artist Leesa finds her inspiration in the visceral and practical beauty, strength and workings of our environment and feels a strong connection to the natural beauty found in our everyday lives.
Steve Henry is an amateur photographer who grew up in Port Coquitlam, and graduated from Terry Fox secondary school. Steve focuses his lens on wildlife around the Tri-Cities, capturing scenes that include baby ducks and turtles at Como Lake, Mundy and Lafarge Lake parks as well as tropical birds and black bears at Colony Farm regional park and DeBoville Slough. For his urban landscapes, however, Steve seeks out the eccentric: architectural elements on historical homes, empty industrial lots, and inspirational scribbles on trashcans and utility boxes.
Much of my work is light-hearted, colourful and small in scale. I have fun distorting buildings and wonkifying the world. In the last 5 years I have done a drawing a day that has hatched a large number of silly bird cartoons which has taken over my life. Without meaning to, I discovered my sense of humour that people enjoy via my Wednesday Smile postings on social media.
A Professional Visual Artist, April Lacheur’s work explores the connection between humans and nature, with a specific focus on trees. Demonstrated through semi-abstract acrylic paintings, Lacheur examines these relationships on a deeper level by means of bold colours, flowing lines, exposed tree roots, phantom trees and layers, which vary in translucency and opacity. Enamored with forests on the West Coast, Lacheur became inspired by the similarities between humans and trees. Both have the ability to generate deep roots intertwined with personal story and history. By exposing tree roots and allowing backgrounds of phantom trees to shine through, Lacheur exposes the unseen, the stories that are always there but never shared. Trees and humans also transfer energy and build strong connections that result in a sense of belonging. Lacheur believes there is much we can learn from how harmoniously these connections take place within a forest and conveys this lesson within her paintings.
Rubina Mangat, Whisper Jewels
When Photography met Metal, Whisper Jewels was born. Whisper Jewels is an award-winning, Vancouver based jewellery company that grew from the heart of Rubina Mangat. She hand melds metals, stones and photographs to create one of a kind, unique pieces of wearable art. From copper to steel, spirit quartz to amethyst... the endless dreamy creations are spectacular! She's inspired by historical discovery and a profound respect for what is yet to be known. Each pendant, earring and ring in all three collections: Oska, Rajkumari & Sinter has been designed and hand carved right here on the West Coast. A beautiful spectrum of idiosyncrasies can be seen among the jewels, allowing for truly one-of-a-kind pieces.
Taught by Rudy Autio one of America's great ceramic artists, D’Arcy Margesson has been a practicing potter for over thirty years now. He went to the Alberta College of Art Calgary where he completed a four year programme with a ceramics major. During his stay in Alberta, D'Arcy has developed practical skills necessary to work as a studio potter and lead to his life-long interest and fascination with the beauty of ceramic glazes. He has taught a course on glaze chemistry ( for all temperature ranges), along with courses on throwing, tableware and atmospheric firing at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, this has been a been a way for him to continue to explore his interest in glazes and pass on an appreciation of their mystery and beauty to many students.
Caroline McDonald, Last Leg Jewelry
Caroline has been making jewelry under different incarnations for over 15 years. A self-taught maker with a love for learning, she constantly falls in love with new materials, techniques, and styles. Her mother, a geology teacher, brought her up with a love for natural stones and gems. Many summers of her childhood were spent rock-hounding the beautiful landscapes of British Columbia and she is proud to say her collection of “rocks” is overflowing. Caroline began making jewelry as a distraction during a difficult time in her life (hence last leg). Now it is an obsession and creative outlet that keeps her grounded. She finds inspiration in resilient materials and organic processes of creation. You can often find her sitting at her kitchen table with a scattering of beads and chain moving pieces around like a puzzle. It is Caroline's hope that wearers of Last Leg jewelry will find connection and strength in the pieces they choose to adorn themselves with.
I was born and grew up in a teachers family in Beijing, China. While at University studying Landscape Architecture, I learned pencil sketch, Chinese ink painting, and watercolor painting. After graduation, I worked for 20 years as a Landscape architect in China before I moved to Canada. Once I came to Canada, I started to create artwork first in Regina, SK and now in B.C. I really appreciated the Art shows in the Prairie Artist Guild, I enjoyed the soul interaction between audience and me, especially the addictive collectors. I joined the Burnaby Artist Guild in 2019. I have started to show my artwork in a coffee shop in West Vancouver since August 2020. Since, I am passionate about doing work in watercolor, I became an active member of FCA since Sep 2020. I appreciate how it quickly captures the light of landscape and the interplay between the paper and the paint.
As a child, I was encouraged to experiment with oils and watercolours. I began private instruction with Doolee McDonnell, a Kootenay artist, and have taken courses at Emily Carr University, Langara College, the Vancouver Academy of Art, the Dene Croft Studio and the Federation of Canadian Artists. Most recently, I was fortunate to study at a week long workshop with Robert Bateman. I am an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of the Suite E Life Drawing Society and the Port Moody Art Association. I work primarily in acrylic and watercolours.
Marianne Phillips was born in the Netherlands, and immigrated to Canada when she was 6 years old.
She graduated from The University of British Columbia completing a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Fine Arts. She was lucky enough to work as an expressive arts facilitator in a health care setting for 35 years. It was a job that delighted her and allowed her to do the two things she loved, working with people and teaching arts.
Lydia Podobnik has been an artist all her life, working in many different mediums. She has a background in carving stone and wood, painting, designing tattoos and logos, and has been making jewelry for over 25 years, starting with beadwork, moving to wirework and chainmail, and eventually silver smithing. After spending 27 years working in health care, in January 2015 she made a life changing decision, left her job, and opened Little Gypsy’s Fine Jewelry, Gifts & Gallery in Port Moody. She now spends her days at the gallery creating unique custom designs, as well as doing repairs including bead stringing and pearl knotting, and finding ways to be creative in business as well as art, all while promoting the 49 artists also represented at the gallery! She works primarily in sterling silver, but also designs with gold-fill, copper and bronze, and healing stones.
I began working with clay as I have always been fascinated watching potters work on the wheel. I wanted to learn this skill and most of my work is thrown on the potter's wheel. My work is generally quite conventional, quiet and functional. I do, however, occasionally make pottery to be fired in a "raku" gas kiln. This process in quick and the resulting pots more decorative rather than functional. I rarely make sets, preferring to make individual pieces which reflect my love of variety.
Born and raised in a small Ontario town, Leanne was keen to get out and explore the world as early as possible. After earning a Bachelor of Arts (area of concentration History), Leanne spent time living and working in Finance in London and Melbourne before undergoing a life altering experience. A previously unknown health issue came to the forefront and she underwent major brain surgery. As a result of this perspective of life and the way to live it changed. Living in Vancouver now, she is exploring painting and mixed media and completing studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
My artwork explores our relationships with wild animals as living beings and as concepts. I feel humans need continual reminding that we are only tenants on this planet, and I believe that art is an accessible means to offer this reminder. I think a lot about our love for pets and how this ties to the bigger picture on the planet. If we are capable of loving pets like family, then we are capable of understanding that wild animals (all animals) are simply individuals that we don’t know. No one species is greater (or lesser) than another - regardless of human behavior, we’re all equal. My intention with my artwork is to move beyond solely revering wildlife as survivors and adaptors in their changing spaces, and to begin incorporating humans (and our hand) as a means to explore a wider conversation. In this way, humans transition from being independent observers to a larger part of the animal narrative in my work.
Seema Shah is a Vancouver-based self-taught artist. Her creative journey began after the onset of illness several years ago. Though her initial focus was writing, she has concentrated on visual art since 2014. However, she often creates work that incorporates both image and text. The use of collage is one of the most consistent aspects of her art. Creatures of all sorts also make frequent appearances in her work. Over the years, Seema has searched for opportunities to share her creative work in ways that feel personally meaningful to her - this has included the publication of her writing in literary journals and anthologies, as well as the sharing of her art in group exhibitions and festivals.
“I don’t paint pictures; I paint my heart”! My style tends to be eclectic as I love to explore variety of art forms. You may find my painting realistic one day and vibrant colorful imagination the next. I believe being a self-taught artist, gives me opportunity to explore different subjects and styles in my own way. Painting is never ending learning process and I feel like I’m a student lifelong, forever experimenting. Hope is a big part of the work I do, and my paintings reflect that how having faith in your abilities and belief can open door to enormous opportunities for you! My paintings have found happy homes in Canada and I hope to add ‘you’ to my list.
Julia Soderholm was born in Ontario, and attended Redeemer University, receiving a BA in art in 2013. She also holds a B.Ed from UBC with a focus in art education. Now based in Vancouver, her work has been shown across Canada. She works primarily in oil, with a focus on perceptual painting exploring themes of memory and place. Julia’s practice includes making plein air paintings that later inform her work in the studio. Julia is a full time art teacher in Vancouver, where she has spent the past few years designing and implementing a K-7 Visual Art program.
Meghan Spence is a visual artist working in acrylic paint. She studied painting at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC. Her acrylic paintings are in collections around North America and her work is shown regularly in galleries and art spaces around the province. Her roots are in the Okanagan Valley where she began as a self- taught artist. Meghan was involved with community based mural project in her hometown of Vernon, BC, with a team of artists creating large murals while growing the roots of her own art practice. Her love of the outdoors is often a springboard for her ideas as well as how she spends her free time. Meghan creates out of her studio in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta Simone has always been aware of the beauty of her surroundings. Enjoying the visual and creative side of the arts throughout elementary and high school, she continued into college in applied design. After raising two children and doing various volunteer work, she joined an art club. Through many workshops Simone has learned to apply different techniques to her work and created visual art using watercolour as a medium. Simone is now using the medium of acrylics and pastels as well as watercolour to express her ideas. She continues to show her art work through various art clubs and juried art shows. She has shown in Maple Ridge Art Gallery and the Federation Gallery.
Painter and Printmaker, Marjorie Turnbull, received her early training at the Banff School of Fine Arts, earning the Brewster Award. After studying at the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan, she graduated with Honours in Printmaking from the Emily Carr School of Art and Design, followed by Post Graduate work.
Marjorie is an AFCA and the Past President of the Federation of Canadian Artists of which she is an Honorary Life Member. She is also a Painting and Printmaking Instructor. Her work is found in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, France, Australia, England, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.
Shelley Twist is a Port Moody visual artist and illustrator who is focusing on her art practice again after a 12 year break. After receiving her degree from Emily Carr University, Shelley traveled abroad and lived in London and Andorra to later return to Canada where she established her working career in the arts. She started in the area of arts programming and festivals at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts and has 25 years experience as an arts educator within municipalities such as Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby. Shelley currently holds the position as Burnaby's Community Arts Development Coordinator and for the past 10 years has managed the award winning program where she has developed over 100 arts engagement projects. While exploring her own traumas, Shelley recently has found the healing power of being immersed in nature and it's beneficial attributes for the soul. Her new work depicts the connection she has found within nature and she explores this through colour and texture
Miles van Yperen
Miles van Yperen is a screen printing artist who grew up in North Burnaby and now lives on Burnaby Mountain near Simon Fraser University. His work is generally focused on vintage illustrations reworked into odd and whimsical designs and printed on wood. Miles has always worked in some form of art-related job from working in sign shops to teaching and working in the visual effects/film industry. Currently, Miles is working in fine arts full-time with a two year artist residency with Malaspina Print Makers. He also had an artist residency at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts in Burnaby and his work was part of a group exhibition in 2019. This led to a teaching position in screen printing at Shadbolt. Past works/exhibitions have been in photography and 3D fractal images. Miles is currently immersing himself in astrophotography as another exploration into visual beauty.
I discovered painting about 15 years ago when I signed up for water colour lessons. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed painting and have since explored acrylics and oils. Most of my current work is done in acrylic and watercolour. My artwork is inspired by my passion for nature, gardens, animals and my travels. I also really enjoy the transformation process of chalk painting and embellishing small wood furniture pieces and offer commission work. I find painting and creating to be almost meditative…it nurtures my soul.
I have been involved with working in wood for many years , making furniture and wooden sailboats and canoes. I now tend to concentrate on woodturning making a wide range of functional and more artistic nonfunctional pieces. Unlike furniture and boat construction , woodturning is often much more serendipitous in that removing the bark from a tree reveals the colour , texture and figure of the wood in a way that if often not obvious in the external appearance of the tree. This enables the artist to work with the character of the wood to best reflect the intrinsic beauty in the finished piece. While I sometimes add colour and texture to my pieces, I find that the amazing natural variations in wood speak to the finished work without the need for added embellishment. I am especially attracted to including the natural bark in my pieces.
I want to produce acrylic paintings that are immediately recognizable, based on dynamic compositions, unusual subjects and vibrant colours. Acrylic is a great medium for rapid and intuitive brushwork that retains a certain freshness and spontaneity. As a trained geologist and an immigrant from Scotland, I get great inspiration from close observation of the Canadian landscape and built form. I tend to to organise compositions in geometric, structural terms. Often the subject will be those quirky aspects of Canadian life that generally pass unnoticed. Regardless of the actual subject, I find my greatest inspiration from chance encounters of light, colour & geometry. Reference photos form the foundation to a given work, capturing spontaneity & movement of a specific time & place. Building on this foundation, I build the painting with the inspection and discrimination required by the discipline.
As an experienced visual artist, I spend a lot of time observing different art styles. I work in different techniques, exploring subjects that are interesting to me and experimenting with mediums that suit me. I realized that my passion is portraying different perspectives of ordinary subjects, because the artist’s interpretation is the heart of the creative process. In pursuit of this, much of my recent work portrays wildlife and historical architecture. With a balance of shapes, colours, and tonal values, I strive to depict the suggestion of details from the gestalt. Simple designs are often challenging to create. Simplicity, clarity, and stylization are characteristics that I am passionate about conveying into art.
Painting is my passion and my mediums of choice are watercolour and acrylic. I paint primarily in a representational manner and I am drawn to the figure, wildlife and lanscape subjects. I love the abstract shapes found in our environment and in nature and that draws me in and inspires me. Mixing these two elements helps me create what I see and feel. I have recently started to do more and more plein air painting and I am finding it very rewarding. As an artist I hope to stir a reaction in those who see my work.
For Seema Zaidi, working with Fabric and Paints, has been her childhood passion. Born in India and raised by talented parents who helped her dreams come true. Her BSC in Home science was received by AMU University in India. Subsequent to that, she attended Post graduate program in fashion and textiles and worked as a faculty. Seema has painted on various surfaces such as canvas, glass, textiles and so on. In 1998, her solo exhibition of glass paintings received excellent reviews and was profiled in the local newspapers. In 2004, she owned a textile company called Seema& Shafaq which specialized in garments with chikan embroidery from India.
Today, she presently resides in Port Coquitlam, Vancouver B.C., where she renewed her love for art. Seema has started to hand paint on silk clothing and accessories as Seema’s Jardin de Fleurs.