The climate here has always amazed me for its capacity to support life. Even in the fall, when days are getting shorter and colder, and the rain starts to come. As the trees shed their leaves, the moss and ferns are green and plump, soaking up the moisture that we nearly forgot would return in the long warm days summer just a few months before.
Sitting on the rocky beach, the waves push and pull the stones back and forth in a way that sounds like breathing. It’s calm and slow, fitting while the sun set on this warm late summer evening, looking back towards the Sooke Harbour House from where we sit on Whiffen Spit.
I am pleased to announce that several paintings of mine will be in a group show at the Jim Pattison Patient Care Centre at the Royal Jubilee Hospital here in Victoria, BC.
This show is comprised of 6 artists. We met at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre studio, where we all paint. When I took up painting again in 2016, this was the community I found there. We don’t paint in similar styles, and most of the time we spend together we spend quietly at work. We do, however, draw inspiration from one another, and from time to time we give and receive valuable feedback on our works in progress.
Signing up at the studio was something I did at the time because I felt I needed a hobby, but being there, I found I just couldn’t get enough of it. Painting has grown in my life to become a bigger passion for me than I ever could have predicted. I’m now painting full-time.
I am so grateful to for my art practise. The studio, and these artists have been a big part of that for me.
If you are in Victoria, and Christmas has snuck up on you, I just wanted you to know of a few things I have in stock and ready to pick up. If you were to purchase one of these items and select “Local Pickup” as your delivery option, you can come and get them from me, here near Cook and Hillside in Victoria.
As I write this, I have one each of Bear Hill at Sunset from Elk Lake, Giclee prints on canvas:
I also have one 12×24″ Giclee print of Matheson Lake: