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The Arts Directory provides information about artists living and working on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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Vancouver Island Art Services

Art Services

Art Ink Print

Art Ink Print offers quality fine art printer services directly to artists and galleries. Providing giclee, digital printing, design, scanning and resources exclusively for the fine arts.

Excellent Frameworks & Benchmark Gallery

Fantastic selection to meet all your custom framing needs plus a wonderful selection of unique art and curios all featuring local artists and artisans. Located at 28 Station Street, Duncan, BC.

Vancouver Island Art Workshops

Bringing international talent to your door. Visit our website to see the great line-up of workshops we have scheduled. Updated regularly. Don't miss out - join our email list.

Vancouver Island Calligraphy


Warmland Calligraphers

Warmland Calligraphers of the Cowichan Valley is a non-profit group formed to facilitate the exchange of information between calligraphers and to promote interest in and appreciation of calligraphy as an art form within the community.

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Vancouver Island Carvers


Heart Song Flutes

Native American Flutes handcrafted by Lakota Flute Maker Rommy Verlaan.

Herb Rice

His art is rendered on wood in forms of Wall Panels, Doors, Totems, Talking Sticks and Figurines, all of which reflect legends, teachings or personal stories of growth. His totems and his animal depictions are carved in local red and yellow cedar, alder or pine and depict traditional Salish and Kwakuitl designs.

Sanford Williams

I want to maintain the beauty and authenticity of traditional West Coast native art, because it's more than just my work — it's my way of life.

I design and create large projects such as totem poles, plaques, murals, and doors. I also carve decorative pieces upon request, including masks, paddles, drumsticks, rattles, sculptures, and so much more. All designs are traditional to the native West Coast style, with some carving cuts that are familiar to Northern BC.

My creativity is limitless, and my prices are negotiable. I can ship anywhere in the world, and I am happy to custom make any piece as per my clients' needs.

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Vancouver Island Ceramics


Cindy Gibson

Ceramic Artist and potter Cindy Gibson holds a BFA (hons) degree from the University of Manitoba and a European Apprenticeship done in Heidelberg Germany. She primarily uses porcelain clay, combining traditional and contemporary design elements to express her interest in pattern and historical ceramics.

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Vancouver Island Commercial Art

Commercial Art

Jasana Crowie

Jasana Crowie is an experienced, versatile commercial artist specializing in traditional methods of illustration. She has over 20 years of experience as both an in-house artist with Ken Koo Creative Group and a freelancer. Media vary from acrylics, pastels and water colours to ink.

Linda Mason

Pet portraits and wildlife illustrations in oil pastel. From the expressive eyes I develop photorealistic images of beloved pets and wildlife of Vancouver Island. My portraits are like my children - I focus all my attention into each one to bring out their unique personality and beauty. Contact by email sent to featherandfur@hotmail.com

Pomfennworks Studio

Community based business specializing in the media arts, publishing and commercial design graphics. Comox Valley Art Rental Program, The Folkury Press and The Folkury Food Network are a few of our current public involved programs. Check us out online.

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Vancouver Island Dance


Bopoma Community Music

A community-based centre for teaching and performing the music of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.

Moondance Arts and the Art House

Want to fuel your creative passion? Join us at MoonDance. A vibrant cultural and creative hub, known for celebrating diversity and cultural understanding through dance, music and the arts, MoonDance offers a wide range of classes and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy. Local, guest and international teachers share their talents and energy. We offer a range of inspiring dance classes for everybody: yoga classes, adult ballet, bhangra/bollywood, asana dance, modern, contact improvisation, hip hop, pilates, Bellyfit, stretch and strength, Zumba and more. MoonDance also offers ongoing workshops and events. Come join us! There are a few short-cuts to happiness.....DANCE is one of them!

MoonDance Arts offers a range of West African Drumming (Djembe) classes.

The beautiful Art House is located in the heart of Shawnigan Lake Village. This top level studio space is enhanced with abundant natural light, high ceilings, bamboo floors, clay walls and a West facing deck over looking Shawnigan Lake. Home to MoonDance Dynamic Art School as well as a range of community workshops and events. 1756 Wilmot, Shawnigan Lake. The place to move ~ the place to be moved.

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Vancouver Island Fibres, Fabrics & Textiles

Fibres, Fabrics & Textiles

Ulrieke Benner

ART YOU WEAR for Body Mind & Spirit. Rich, luscious wearable art in handmade felted and dyed silk fabrics. Come and visit this unique workstudio and experience exquisitely designed shawls, scarves, vests, coats, straw or felt hats and jewelry. Fashion accessories in a whole spectrum of colors and styles that are featured in exclusive galleries internationally. Studio open year round.
Visit my website (www.ulriekebenner.com) to learn about upcoming workshops and private classes.

Terri Bibby

Terri Bibby is a Saori freestyle weaver and designer, creating one-of-a-kind asymmetric clothing, scarves, wraps, bags, hats and wall hangings in the Saori style. In her studio in the woods on Salt Spring Island, Terri offers classes, workshops and retreats and is inspired by the ever changing colours and textures of nature that surround her. Terri's background is in traditional weaving, having studied at Grant McEwan and Olds college. In 2005 she discovered the Saori freestyle approach to weaving and has explored Saori in Canada, the USA and Japan. Workshops are also offered in Victoria, Duncan and other Vancouver Island locations on request.

Maria Curcic Millinery

Paris born, with a strong European appreciation for fashion and style, Maria began creating hats for high end boutiques in Canada and the U.S. in the early 1990’s. The popularity of her designs led to the opening of her own store, Le Chapeau Rouge, in Calgary in 1990. She shifted her attention to wholesale in the late 1990’s, providing hats to over 15 stores across Canada and the U.S. Maria is a graduate of Interior Design from Mount Royal University as well as a graduate of The Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2015 she took a class with Melbourne milliner Louise Macdonald. Today, Maria focuses her attention on custom creations, from everyday wear to hats for any occasion.

Victoria Davis

Figurative Fiber Sculptures with a blue skin tone are the works of Victoria Davis of Periwinkle Art Studios. The blue skin 'talks' to transformation - we notice ourselves changing, opinions and beliefs changing, the world around us changing...

Sandra Greenaway

Unique hand-made jackets, kimono, loungewear and handbags.
* Site created by Island Arts.

Pip 'n' Milly Creations

Handmade. Well-made. Uniquely you.
Pip 'n' Milly Creations prides itself on creating unique, functional and aesthetically appealing products. The range currently includes handbags, hats, housewares and items for children, as well as special projects.

Cecile Jacobs

Cecile Jacobs' mostly massive wall-hangings are not intended simply as pretty pictures but as a medium for more complex ideas, messages and inspiration. Her Celtic designs are a blend of ancient and newly-created modern. She often uses the 'endless' Celtic style to express recurrent philosophical, intellectual and spiritual themes: The Oneness of Being - the Spirit that runs through All Things; Yin Yang I: the Balance and Harmony of the Universe; Yin Yang II: Good can come from Bad; Creativity and Beauty grow best in harsh environments; The Cycle of Life: renewal and proliferation after devastation. Three years' recent travel across Asia has inspired a new collection.
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Vancouver Island Gifts


Art Alchemy

Art Alchemy is a working studio and gallery in downtown Courtenay, where eight artists share space and the experience of art making. We welcome visitors to witness the process of art making, be inspired by a wide diversity of artistic expressions and to buy local, high quality art work made by the talented and hard working artists of ART ALCHEMY. We are open every sat 12-4pm.

Shibui Gallery

SHIBUI GALLERY is located in Maple Bay (Duncan) on Vancouver Island and features the works of internationally known sculptor Jock Hildebrand, as well as other BC artists. We also offer full framing services as well as bronze casting services. A sculpture garden is currently under development which will feature medium to large size outdoor pieces.

John D Stevenson Gallery

Known across Canada and throughout the world. We offer the art from 27 Vancouver Island artists of note.

Vancouver Island Gifts


A2Sea Creations

West Coast Beach Décor and Gifts – Handmade on Vancouver Island, BC. Canada. Micki Findlay, at A2Sea Creations, designs a delightful variety of nautical gift items and souvenirs. Her products can be found in their online gift shop, as well as two local stores - ‘Newfoundland to Nanaimo’ on the Nanaimo harbour, and ‘Mercedes Lane Boutique’ in Parksville.

Vancouver Island Glass Art

Glass Art

Crawford Etched Glass

With 25 years experience as a Glass Artist, Master Craftsman, Paul Crawford can offer the finest quality Etched and Sandcarved Art Glass available. All of our work is one-of-a-kind handcrafted from start to finish. Abstract to photo realism the choice is yours. We welcome you to visit our Studio/Showroom on the shore of the Courtenay River Estuary in the beautiful Comox Valley, British Columbia.

Janice Fischer, Miroge Gallery & Gifts

After spending many of my free hours dabbling in various artistic media, I finally discovered the joy of creating stained glass art. Specializing in the Tiffany-style copper foil method, I have been learning and growing in my art for the past 5 years, and am now working at creating and promoting my art on a full time basis. Whether developing a pattern for a commissioned piece, or following my own interests (which are undoubtedly inspired by this beautiful place in which we live), I take great pleasure in the journey of taking the steps from a blank page to a finished piece of glass art!

Terry Harrison

Terry Harrison creates glass art and wearable art in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, Canada.
* Site created by Island Arts.

Loris Dawn Nygaard

Unique chandeliers, pendants and table lamps enhance ambience in your home. Colours will energize and excite you while clear crystals define grace and elegance. Unique designs not only enliven your living space, they fascinate you with soothing spiral shadows along with casting reflections of colours on your walls and ceiling. The aura induced from one of Lorisdawn's illuminated art pieces will charm you and your guests for generations.

Rick L. Silas

After 30 years of developing his cold worked techniques in Silastial® Glass, professional artist Rick L. Silas is now teaches. Rick has received local and international recognition for his cold bent glass techniques including The Discovery Channel's, Daily Planet, the CBC's Dragons' Den, where he was offered $300,000 and a 7% royalty and the local "Boulevard Magazine". He has started to teach some of his many processes out of his studio in Sidney, BC. Anyone can benefit from his course from the amateur artist who wants to explore a new artistic medium to the tradesman who wishes to create beautiful and durable backsplashes or countertops with Rick’s "Ice Glass" and / or patented "Shattered" glass techniques. The medium lends itself to endless possibilities in the creation of functional and decorative glass works. Be one of the first to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to learn directly from the master.

Toni Johnson at Tide Line Gallery

Tide Line Gallery is known all over Vancouver Island for its vibrant, unique glass art inspired by our surroundings. Tide Line Gallery is a local business to Campbell River, but can be found at the higher end Artist/Craft Shows in our favorite island cities.


Claude Duperron and wife Linda Westrom own Rhythms Artglass in Chemainus on Vancouver Island. They have been in business on the Island for 36 years.

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Vancouver Island Metal Art

Metal Art

Raz Ashton

Raz Ashton is a Canadian metal sculpture artist residing on Vancouver Island, BC. He uses steel and recycled metal from cars, motor cycles and other metal cast-offs to create unique and often whimsical sculptures.

Creative Design in Wrought Iron & Copper

Greg Caldwell employs techniques such as traditional black and copper smithing along with modern welding to produce original works of metal art. Metal art by Gorio Metal Works is perfect for anyone looking for a unique work of art to enhance a home, office, garden, or yard.

John Czegledi Inventions and Designs in Metal and Concrete

Unique patina and stainless metal art sculptures, concrete art sculptures and designs by Courtenay BC artist, designer and craftsman John Czegledi. Visit the outdoor garden studio at 6742 Rennie Road, Courtenay. Call 250 703 6209.

Mary Hicks Metal Arts

Woven copper metal sculptures, copper mirrors, art jewellery, and art photography.

Frank Kincses artwork at the Old Garden Topiary Gift and Garden Centre

For the past 20 years he has been passionately creating art in his studio working with many different materials. His favourite material to work with is metal and rock. Frank's proficiency with a variety of materials, techniques and styles has contributed to his distinguished reputation as a creative and reliable artisan/craftsman. Come visit us and see the different artwork I make including kinetic art and topiaries.

Margot Page

After sailing thousands of nautical miles, Margot Page has established her studio in Duncan, British Columbia. Her process, enamelling on sheet steel and copper, depicts Enamelling on Steel marine topics including mammals, birds, and the exotica of faraway places, which she has mounted on a variety of glass media.

Travis Rankin

Wroughtenart is a combination of wrought iron and art. Travis Rankin has devoted his time to creating the unique. To bring the rustic feel of metal into the functionality of your home. To bring your ideas of creation to life thru his art of metal work. He recently has joined teams with his girlfriend Nikki who also is an artist. Now bringing the art of a canvas to life with the accents of his metal work. Truly the perfect match.

Vancouver Island Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Christine Allan

There are significant moments in everyone's life that deserve to be captured, and I am passionate about capturing those moments through a combination of photography and mixed media art. I hope to create images where emotions, personalities and sentiments shine through. I create art out of pictures and drawings of people, my travels, my love of art, wine, and the Cowichan Valley.

Jeanne Aten

I work mainly in acrylics, pastels and mixed media choosing subject matter with contrast of light dark values. I love working with the figure, horses also non objective subject matter. I am a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

Sewailu Auzins

Sewailu is a Canadian mosaic artist living in Victoria, BC. She is passionate about mosaics and the texture and emotion that can be shown in this very free medium.

Patt Scrivener

Patt Scrivener AFCA is an experimental mixed media artist living on the West Coast of Canada in Parksville BC. Her studio is housed in a separate building on her property where she paints daily and conducts workshops.


Check out this wild, unique and imaginative collection of recycled mosaics and Shylene’s "West Coast Driftures" sculptures. Shylene’s collective works show a connection to the environment and to her sense of community.

Crystal Smith

Crystal is a short west coast artist experimenting in mixed media artwork, focussing on wildlife. Her paintings are available as wall art for the contemporary home in prints and canvases. She creates a modern look, with a variety of themes that fit into many home decor styles. She works in everything from oil and charcoal to watercolor and digital. Visit her website for more.

Andrea Soos

Mixed Media art classes for adults and kids at Poppet Art Studio.
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Vancouver Island Multimedia


Aituze Multimedia

We focus on providing our customers with the finest graphic design services ranging from brand conception, original and stock photography, design and layout for packaging and other printed materials and now the web.

Harold Alfred

Harold Alfred is a well known native artist continuing the Kwakwaka'wakw tradition of creating bold and innovative artwork based on the fundamentals of Northwest Coast design. His website includes Northwest Coast native artwork in jewellery, stained glass, carvings, prints and totem poles. There is also a section on corporate gifts as well as links to native youtube sites.

Daniel Deschamps

Daniel is a talented and prolific artist. Ranging from illustration to stone work and pottery, Daniel has an obsession for art. He will re-purpose many found objects to satisfy this need. At times, he will paint on cardboard, sculpt in foam, or draw on his arm simply to satisfy this obsession.

Lynn Farwell

Lynn Farwell's works combine colour and form into expressions of semi realism to abstraction. Figures,icons, birds, shoes, landscapes, and the whimsical are created utilizing oil, acrylic, printmaking, ink and multi media.

Lourie Fitzgerald

Lourie is a multimedia artist who was born & raised in Newfoundland who has resided in the Comox Valley with her family since 2008. A true coast to coast spirit who is happiest surrounded by ocean. Her work often involves collaboration with nature and incorporates items presented to her while exploring the inspirational beauty of the outdoors. People who view her work often comment on how fun, delightful and unique it is, envoking such reactions is her motivation.

Icebear Studios

IceBear's work has shown internationally, in the US and in Europe. It is in collections on 4 continents. On the island, his art can be found at Eagle Feather Gallery in Victoria, Peninsula Gallery, Sidney, and Coastal Carvings Fine Art Gallery in Coombs.

Norma Jackson Studio Gallery

Norma Jackson is an active, award winning member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of the Visions Art Studio Tours and an "Artist in Residence" for The Loft Gallery. Her creativity over the past 25 years has included professional marionette theatre and therapeutic arts, drama and puppetry to fine art. She works in acrylics, watercolour, mixed-media and sculpture. She is known for her portraits and is a successful commissioned artist whose works sell internationally. Norma is a sought after art instructor who conducts workshops in her studio gallery as well as travels on request. She will develop workshops upon request for groups or organizations with specific needs.

Khadija Jaii

Khadija Jaii studied at York University with a BFA in visual arts focusing on photorealistic drawing, and large-scale textured abstract nature paintings. Today she continues to showcase her sublime abstract nature paintings, takes commissions for "Companion (pet) Portraits" and has created a unique collection of abstract ethereal photography. Khadija Jaii also offers drawing lessons for all ages. Email for info: Khadija.Jaii@hotmail.com

Brenda Johima Gallery

Brenda Johima is a painter, mixed media, fine and fun artist, based in the beautiful Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada.

Chad Johnston

Painter and Photographer

Larissa McLean

Larissa McLean is a High school art and horticultural teacher who has 15 years experience. She's passionate about flora and fauna and our connections to the natural world. She is knowledgeable in printmaking, mixed media and painting and has been immersed in the arts her whole life.

Carol Priamo

Carol has combined her graduate degree in art and museum studies with several years of professional experience in heritage consulting, communications design, publishing, art, photography, and teaching. An engaging teacher, she offers courses and workshops in design, digital media, applied art, photography and art history. Designworks is her desktop publishing and design company.
* Site created by Island Arts.

Roaerie Studio

Carla Stein finds joy in producing and sharing visual interpretations of Vancouver Island and beyond in a variety of two-dimensional media. Prints of original works on paper or transferred onto surfaces practical for daily use are offered for sale. Originals of some existing pieces may be purchased as well. Commissioned work is available on request. Contact Carla to discuss a piece which will be created especially for you!

Zak Stolk

I am an instrument maker of the string family including violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar and celtic harp. Also known for wood carving and wood sculptor including signs and large sculptures. In my off time I dabble in oils, water colour, acrylic and pen and ink drawings.

Larry Stuart

I am an accomplished artist working in various media and having been producing art since achieving my degree in Art from the University of Calgary in 1983. I have works in both private collections and corporate collections as Pan Canadian Petroleum ( Encana) and Esso ( Imperial Oil) .

My works include architectural renderings , portraiture and images of the west coast of Canada where I now make my home . I enjoy working in graphite , oils , watercolours and periodically multi - media .

My personal viewpoint is that we miss out on the simplistic beauty of something when we look at the overall picture , but when we zoom in, we see the real beauty , the texture , colour gradations in rocks or the many colours that are viewable when a wave is looked at up close or even the forest floor with its crushed leaves , broken branches and many colours that one can see in the shadows , light patterns and objects in the forest .

Recent paintings subject matter includes my images of the west coast ocean waves , rockscapes with the ocean architectural renderings of sections of buildings in France , Hungary , and Austria.

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Vancouver Island Mosaics


Veronica Scott

I am especially drawn to the reflective nature of glass, the way it creates movement and a feeling of 'aliveness.' I sometimes incorporate broken china, shells, small pieces of drift wood, wire and stones to give my mosaics a unique touch. A walk along the beach or a hiking trail always offers little treasures for my pockets.

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Vancouver Island Music


Beth Marie Anderson

Canadian Country Singer Beth Marie Anderson has accomplished much in her young years. She is an accomplished songwriter, Nashville Recording Artist, and seasoned performer. Beth has shared the stage with Artists such as Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Johnny Reid, Victoria Banks, Michelle Wright, Patricia Conroy, Jessie Farrell, and the great Canadian rock bands, Chilliwack and Trooper.

Cowichan Camerata Strings Orchestra

A group of musicians of all ages, coming together to make music! We strive to perform music which appeals to all ages, and to make orchestral music accessible to the community. We have performed at the Cowichan District Hospital, Cairnsmore and Wedgewood House. We have played on stage at the Duncan Farmer's Market and at the Station during Duncan Days and Duncan's Christmas lighting.

Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir

The Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir invites you to learn more about them and to join them in sharing the joy of music.
* Site created by Island Arts.

Duncan Choral Society

The Duncan Choral Society began with 35 voices when founded in 1982. It now has 50 - 60 voices and is an active community-based choir providing 2 bursaries every year to vocal competitors in the Cowichan Music Festival. Over the years it has performed at various charity and fund-raising events.

Glass Hawkes

Lonnie Glass - Acoustic & Vocals, Brad Hawkes - Percussion
Glass Hawkes performs songs of Slavery and The American Civil War.

Looking for opportunities to perform in the Cowichan Valley.
Send email to lonnieglass@gmail.com

Monte Nordstrom

A west-coast Canadian singer/songwriter with a current catalog of 9 original CDs available on his independant label, Groovedigger Records.

Jason Parsons

Jason Parsons is a Live Music Producer from British Columbia, Canada with 20 years experience in the Canadian music scene! A seasoned singer/songwriter, his music has been heard on radio across Canada and the US. Sharing the stage with countless popular artists over the years, Jason continues to share his onstage experiences and effective performance techniques with emerging artists.

SacredFire Music

“Mystical Worldbeat Music” with MJ Vermette & Dean Richards ~ Available for private & public Concerts, Ceremonies, Celebrations, Workshops, Team Building & Other Events. The mindful music of SacredFire combines Ecstatic Drumming with Operatic, Celtic, Progressive Rock & World Music. Now living on Vancouver Island, SacredFire has released 3 albums and toured in Canada, France, Germany, England, Mexico, and the US. They also offer Intuitive Singing Workshops and Creative Drumming Classes, as well as Sound & Energy Workhsops.

Vancouver Island MusicFest

Over the years Vancouver Island MusicFest has grown in attendance but has remained true to its original vision; a rural, family friendly, sustainable and successful music event that puts the Comox Valley on the cultural map and involves thousands in a rich celebration of music and community!

Vancouver Island Symphony

The Island's newest professional orchestra. Displays information on the 2009-2010 Concert Season.

Victoria Jazz Society

The primary activity of the Victoria Jazz Society is to produce two multi-day music festivals in the summer, Jazz Fest International and the Vancouver Island Blues Bash as well as a series of concerts from September to May, all featuring international, national, and regional jazz artists.

Vancouver Island Jewellery Designers

Jewellery Designers

Shirley Alexander

A Vancouver Island jewelry artist living in Nanaimo, BC. She works primarily in sterling silver or copper and loves to create beautiful pieces that are a joy to wear and own!

Appreciating Treasures

One of a kind Treasures - A variety of handmade jewellery, created with copper, silver, rocks, gemstones, fossils, shells, beads, cedar grass and more.

Rene Deerheart

designer & artisan
Certified Teacher of Metal Clay Workshops
Adornments of Jewelry, using Metal Clays of silver, copper, & bronze, Flame Painted Copper, Japanese Brocade, French Knitted Wire, Viking Knit, & Kumihimo Braid.
250-715-0207 in Duncan, B.C.

Bill Fedoriuk - Hawk and Owl Jewelry

Hand crafted custom silver and gold jewelry with hand cut and semi precious gemstones.

Wayne Mackenzie

Jewellery Designer & Goldsmith with 40 years of experience in creating Custom & One-Of-A-Kind hand crafted Fine Jewellery in Gold & Silver. (250) 897-7463 Courtenay, BC

Terry Matheson

Custom jewellery designer, Goldsmith, buyer seller, Artist & carver.

Mimi Roy

Vancouver Island artist, Mimi Roy, has always shared an affinity with the past. As a little girl, she loved transforming old clothes into new fashion.

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Vancouver Island Painters


Jacqui Austin

Featuring west coast art specializing in large format canvas, mural and diorama in oils, water colour, and acrylic wildlife and figurative, custom and portrait work.

Marian Baynes

Marian Baynes was born and raised on Vancouver Island and has lived in Campbell River, Port McNeill and now resides in Victoria. Marian has always enjoyed expressing herself creatively, experimenting with Faux Finishes, Tole Painting and more recently Oil Painting. She loves to travel and is inspired by the beauty of Canada with a soft spot for both the East and West Coasts. It is her dream to convey some of that beauty in her paintings.

Vanessa Black

Local artist (predominately acrylic on canvas) from Ladysmith BC.

Jeffrey Boron

Canadian landscape painter working primarily in oils, I attempt to convey a vision of colour and light in my paintings. I combine the bold colour elements of Impressionism with a contemporary representational painting style which I call Canadian West Coast Impressionism.

Carol Borrett

Carol paints out of her home studio/gallery in Maple Bay, on Vancouver Island. Her realistic paintings reveal her fascination with water, boats and reflections. They capture the many varied moods of the coastal area.

Joanie Bouliane

Get a little bit wild. Bring nature into your house, contact me for any custom paintings. the options are endless I can paint on large surfaces (murals) multiple canvas, fungus, furniture, driftwood ... etc.

Bev Byerley

I am a professional west coast painter with a passion for landscape. I grew up in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and the west coast landscape continues to be the main creative inspiration for many of my paintings.

Sue Coleman

Sue Coleman has earned international recognition for her distinctive watercolor paintings. Especially popular have been her 'Interpretive' Northwest Coast Indian images, which have been reproduced and sold to collector's worldwide. Sue's years of research have culminated in a book entitled "An Artist's Vision". Many of her native interpretive paintings, accompanied by legends and history, are displayed therein.

Rachel Cruse

I'm currently living and painting in the Cowichan Valley. The art I create reflects my own deep longings for nature and simplicity. My paintings embody light, flow, spaciousness, room to breathe and a profound heartfelt love for this world. I offer original art, art prints, commissions and customized artistic experiences for radiantly real people with beautiful hungry hearts (thats how I see you anyway!) and unfulfilled walls, who value beauty, nature, and connection.

Curcic Fine Art

The most noticeable aspect in most of my work is the vibrant colour. I began creating abstract cityscapes in art school in the late 1980’s, and have continued to include the theme in many of my works to this day. The infusion of colour into what tends to be drab, man-made architecture provides a whimsical view of what the world could look like given a brighter palette.

My abstract works are less structured, but equally vibrant, providing splashes of colour that I hope will grab and hold the viewer’s attention. The work is timeless, fun and complex enough to provide fresh stimulation with each viewing. Much of the work is acrylic, though oils provide for a smoother, more ethereal look in some of the pieces. I always start with a blank canvas, but never a blank mind. I am constantly involved in the design process, through art and millinery, and painting provides a wonderful avenue to share my joy of creating.

Barb DeRousie

Barb is attracted to the translucency and fluidity of watercolour, and is humbled by it’s unpredictability. Unlike traditional framing with glass, Barb mounts her works on wooden cradle boards and seals them with high quality UV protecting archival varnish spray, allowing the viewer to really take in the richness of the painting without the glare of glass.

Mary Donlan

Mary Donlan is a painter living and working in Campbell River. Her work is based on abstract expressionism and she works with a collage aesthetic. Mary develops her abstract vocabulary by studying the natural world of plants. Her overall intention is to express the creative process.

Leslie Dunsmore

Leslie is an acrylic painter, with a studio on Denman Island. Well-known for her bold use of colour and crisp detail, she creates animated "realist/surreal" landscapes. Always seeking silence, Leslie sketches and rough-paints en plein aire, then moves back into her studio for the winter to complete larger canvases.

April Dyck

April Dyck is a self-taught and self-starting painter whose work includes abstract, representative and figurative drawings and paintings. Her paintings are luminescent achieved by layering many colours. Each painting is completed with drawn lines to isolate colours and emphasize contours. She is known for her playfulness with perspective and enjoys exploration of plastic space on a flat surface.

April Dyck has an artistic style that people are saying is uniquely original to her. Her works can be found in many private collections.

Don Eaton

I have lived and painted on Vancouver Island for most of my life. I belonged to the Federation of Canadian Artists for a number of years, as well as the Cowichan Valley arts council. I paint in oils, watercolour, and acrylic, and have completed lots of commissions as well.

Rob Elphinstone

Rob lives with his wife and two children in Nanaimo where they cherish the beautiful climate and scenery that inspire his paintings.

Catherine Fraser

Watercolours & acrylics of local landscapes painted outdoors and in her studio.

Krysia Gallien at Creative Being Studio

Krysia, originally from Montreal, now in Victoria, has set up Creative Being Studio, a studio gallery overlooking the Gorge in Vic West. Now showing Kimono Dreams, a series of watercolours in large format celebrating the Japanese Peony , and other Japanese themes including cranes, birds, koi, lotus . Also a selection of impressionist style paintings from the Dreaming in Colour series . Viewings are by appointment. Krysia's work can also be seen in Oak Bay at Eclectic Gallery.

Robert Genn

Born in Victoria, B.C. Canada in 1936. He is perhaps best known for his work on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains.

David Goatley

David Goatley, SFCA is widely recognized as one of North America’s leading portrait painters. Originally trained in London, England, where he was born, David has completed over 350 portrait commissions all across the continent since arriving here with his family in 1992.

Linda Gooding

Wildlife Artist and Illustrator. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver Island I never tire for subjects to paint. As well as specializing in wildlife art and pet portraits, I offer art classes using the dry brush watercolour technique used in all my work.

Katie Gunther

Katie June Gunther draws inspiration for her paintings from her surroundings and the wonderful places she has been able to visit. She completed a degree in Asian Area Studies from the University of British Columbia which opened her eyes to the rich cultures found in Asia, so it is no wonder that Japan has become the main focus of her art. Katie specializes in acrylic paints, but also works with ink, pencil crayon, and pastel on occasion.

Lynn Harnish

Lynn is an encaustic artist living in the Cowichan Valley, focusing on larger scaled contemporary and abstract paintings. Encaustic is an ancient medium where over 20 layers of tinted melted beeswax are fused together. Lynn worked in the interior design industry for +30 years, and has the ability to create colour combinations and imagery for all her clients.

Rebecca Hazell

As a Painter, I work in almost all watermedia and have illustrated three of my published books (award/honours winning). I have also taught both art and writing at VIU, and art at the Island Savings Centre. My work is realistic but with a slightly surreal quality. It is intended to inspire people to look more deeply, not only into a particular work but also into the power and immediacy of their surroundings.

As a Writer, I have published four books for young readers, all now out of print. They have become collectors' items, as they all either received or were nominated for awards or honours. My latest book, The Grip of God, is the first in a trilogy about the turbulent 13th century, a time that mirrors our own.

Zann Hemphill

Pet Portrait artist Zann Hemphill works from photos and videos to capture animal personalities on canvas. A graduate of Emily Carr University, she creates both custom and non-custom pieces.

James Hensman

James paints landscapes based on places where he experiences peace or wonder; using bright colours and simplified forms. Some works are interior scenes that emphasize simple comforts, such as: morning coffee, musical pondering or easy chairs. He mainly uses acrylics on canvas but will use any media. He is open to commission work.

Judy Hilgemann

Watercolours, Encaustic, Acrylics, Illustration, Graphic Design, and Portraiture including Pet Portraits.

Brent Birney-Hintz

Painter & Wood Carver. High School Art and Wood Working teacher. Saanich, B.C. brentbirney@gmail.com Phone: (250) 592-5752

Jacob Hokanson

Jacob Hokanson's dynamic work involves bold acrylics on vast canvases. His imagery is archetypal, at times hallucinatory and draws from the collective history of tribal spirit-work. Hokanson trained briefly at the Alberta College of Art & Design and Grande Prairie Regional College. He is a restaurateur in Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, and lives in the region with his wife and two young children. A prolific artist, he has numerous large gallery shows scheduled through 2013.

Roger Jackson

I started painting in 1991 while living in Ontario, continued to explore my art in Alberta for a decade and now that I am retired and living in Mill Bay on beautiful Vancouver Island, I can do more of what I love to do – paint in oil and acrylic, either en plein air, from personal reference photos, from imagination, or perhaps a combination. My subjects are varied. I am intrigued by structures that still stand after witnessing hundreds of years of passing lives, trying to sense what life was like for the people who built these monuments and for the many who were sheltered within. Marine themes are another focus area - working boats, whether at the dock or on open water or even stranded on a shore somewhere. I’m inviting the viewers into these spaces, to feel they are part of the scene.

Julie King Studios

Julie is an artist who paints in acrylics and watercolours. Her colourful landscapes are inspired by the wonderful landscapes on Vancouver Island. Julie works from her studio in Shawnigan Lake, B.C.

Kate King

Kate King refinishes and hand paints acoustic guitars using polyurethane lacquer.

Teresa Knight

Beautiful and thoughtful, one of a kind original oil and acrylic paintings. Teresa's paintings are available at MarkPenney Gallery in Ucluelet, B.C., through Art Sales and Rentals at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and from her home-based studio at 5681 Island Highway in Union Bay. Prints and cards of most paintings are available in Limited Edition Archival Quality, on canvas or fine art paper.

Robert Kinnard

I am a painter living in the Comox Valley since 2008. Born in the Okanagan Valley in 1951, I attended the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) on a Helen Pitt scholarship from 1969 - 1973. I have shown my paintings in many solo, group, and jury shows and exhibited my work in public galleries in the Okanagan, Vancouver, and the Sunshine Coast.

My work is romantic in spirit, at times representational, at other times more purely abstract. I draw and paint in an expressive manner, finding inspiration in the wide range of life forms and phenomena of the natural world.

Tracy Kobus

Tracy's love of the outdoors has influenced her imaginative acrylic paintings which have been exhibited in galleries across B.C. Tracy is also an inspiring art teacher and works from her studio in the beautiful Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Thea Kovach

A former student of Emily Carr College, I've been focused on working in watercolour for ten years now: landscapes and their details, commissioned works, architectural renderings, and more. And I look forward to seeing my work develop and following where it leads me.

Rolando Lampitoc

Originally worked as a Graphic Artist in Toronto for over 25 years. Since moving to Galiano Island, my focus now is making art full-time. I participated in various group shows and art events in and around the Toronto area. My favoured medium is oil however, I'm also comfortable using other mediums such as watercolour, acrylic and other techniques such as silk screen and encaustic art.

My showroom is located on Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Mike Lathrop

Paintings and Fine Art at The Feeling of the Place.

Majie Lavergne

Vancouver Island based artist Majie Lavergne’s abstract works result from a continuous dialogue between the inner realms of the psyche and the canvas. Free from busy thoughts, he is responding, in the moment, using color, shape, line and texture throughout the painting process, ultimately giving birth to the image, for him, painting is a process of taming, yet loving the mystery.

Jennifer Lawson

Jennifer is a well known Canadian artist recognized for her beautiful watercolours. For over 25 years, Jennifer has been mixing pure colours with clear water to capture her intimate vision of a world of softened light.

Peter Thomas Lawson

The natural world captured on canvas. Whether it's a water-reflected coastal landscape or a towering interior forest, there's a "strength of peacefulness" to his original art.

Victoria Leader

Victoria Leader is a freelance visual artist, based in Tofino, BC. A self-taught painter, her work is predominantly in the medium of acrylic paint on canvas or wood. With a background and career in Ocean Science, Victoria draws inspiration from the natural world, working directly from her own experiences, sketches and photography. Seascapes and portraits feature heavily in Victoria's art, which acts as a visual translation of life on the West Coast. Victoria regularly works on commissions and welcomes new customers to discuss ideas for a bespoke piece of art.

Bernadette McCormack

You will recognize her paintings by their bold colours and strong black lines. Her work is spiritually driven, and her paintings reflect stories and concepts of what it means to be a part of the human race on this beautiful planet Earth. Her paintings promote unity, love, and connectedness to one another and to nature.

German Mckenzie

German uses oils as a medium and injects energy and vitality in painterly manner to interpret everyday scenes. His brush strokes are poetic and personal as he modifies each painting to capture the ambiance of this beautiful Island, leaving the viewer with the most powerful of impressions.

Christina Morrison

Christina Morrison works in mainly acrylics and charcoal. Following in her grandparent’s footsteps she is constantly painting or sketching. Primarily a self-taught artist she has honed her skills through the things that inspire her. Christina’s passions are ships, the ocean and lighthouses and she is fortunate to live and work in a place that provides continual inspiration. She loves the stories that her art inspires in others that view them.

Nora Muttart

Nora Muttart, painter and sculptor is well known in the Campbell River region for stunning realism and surrealistic oil paintings. Nora also creates detailed jewelry and bronze works. Her work is currently showing at Simply Timeless, Courtenay; Coast Collective, Victoria; and Arts Worx in Qualicum. Her work can be seen at her website noramuttart.com and at the NorJuanDai Fine Arts webpage, her collaboration with her two amigas in art; Vancouver Island artists Juanita Labine and Brenda Daigle.

Rob Naish

I consider myself to be a wholly urban artist drawing my ideas, imagery and colour from the inner city.

Dan Nordin

Dan Nordin is a retired teacher who draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the west coast of Canada. With retirement, he has found the time to pursue his lifelong hobby. A self-taught artist, he works primarily in acrylic paints but also does occasional woodcarvings.

Kristine Paton

"Inspiration is but a glance, touch, smell or sound away. I paint at my own speed and I paint what comes". This she will admit does make a curator's job more difficult. However, in defense of her 'one woman group show' approach, Kris points out that Milton Avery resorted to multiple stylistic approaches. And she quotes Hans Hofmann, who when advised to choose a particular style and stick with it, countered: 'I am many people. I give to you at least three; they are all me.'

Marilyn Peeters

Marilyn is an expressionist painter working and residing in the Comox Valley. It is through the process of painting that she revisits her experience with nature. Her colour choices are not a representation of reality. Instead, she works from a personal vision of how she perceives it.

Judi Pedder

Judi Pedder is based in Comox. This watercolour artist has explored many ways of painting other than the traditional style: painting directly on canvas, Yupo, and developing ways of Preparing and Painting on Masa paper. The latter includes framing without a mat or glass. More recently Judi has used dyes on silk, enjoying their vibrant colours.

Whatever Your Dream, if You Follow Your Heart, it will Lead You to Places well worth the Adventure!

John Stuart Pryce

The purest and most rewarding form of painting, in my opinion, is "en plein air" as it challenges all of the skills and discipline of the artist.

Diane Rae

I am a painter with acrylics. Current projects: On Site Art, The Lane Project, Art Exhibition Curator at North Nanaimo Public Library, Memberships: Federation of Artists, Nanaimo Arts Council, Creative Connections. Artist available for Commissions.

Derek Rickwood

Commissioned Oil Painter, specializing in realist landscapes.

Brandy Saturley

Brandy Saturely is an award-winning painter and photographer born and living on Vancouver Island. Original contemporary paintings & image licensing – signature subjects include; Canadiana, Landscapes & Portraits. Saturley’s “Canadianisms” series has toured Canada-wide, and has garnered the Canadian artist notoriety as the voice of Canadian Pop Art.

Brian Scott

Vancouver Island's preeminent artist in oils.

Nicole Shaw

I paint in acrylic and watercolour... Inspired by nature and the feminine spirit.

Brian Simons Gallery Online

Visit the website of Canadian Artist Brian Simons and enjoy his bold, colourful acrylic paintings. Acrylic Painting workshops and Books also available here. Learn about the "7-STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL PAINTING", offered as an inspirational course in acrylic painting available in book or ebook format.

Wendy Skog

Gorgeous abstract paintings on canvas and paper incorporating luscious color and subtle gestural drawing. A wide range of format size includes large pieces for a feature wall or corporate setting.

Richard Smith

Richard is a multi-discipline artist who's main mediums are oil paintings on panel and metal sculpture. His paintings are of local scenes and his sculptures are usually interpretations of the human form done in cast metal, either bronze or aluminum.

Lizzie Snow

Lizzie Snow is a visual artist working under her artist name 'fortyonehundred'. Inspired by fractals in nature, Lizzie creates contemporary explorations of the mandala and free flowing artworks. Lizzie creates original works, murals, prints & collectables. Lizzie has her Master of Fine Arts degree, over 100,000 followers online ( www.instagram.com/fortyonehundred ), and has collaborated with brands such as lululemon, Converse and Peugeot. Lizzie is a New Zealander, now working out of her own art gallery in Tofino, BC, Canada.

Patricia Marie Spence

I am a Vancouver Island artist who works primarily in oils and some acrylics. My focus is on West Coast themes but have spent many years also painting oil portraits of both people and animals. I am a resident artist at the TOSH Art Centre in Qualicum Beach BC and am also represented by Island Exposures Art Gallery in Parksville BC. I am also an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Sharon Stone

My paintings are largely impressions of nature as reflected in colourful landscapes and waterscapes. It is my hope that each image I produce will be powerful in its ability to pull the viewer in.

Marcela Strasdas

Marcela is a Victoria based artist whose love for traveling, the ocean and gardens gets translated into colourful vibrant oil paintings.

Roberta Pyx Sutherland

This work seeks to engage the global perspective and broad view of landscape inspired by the beauty of satellite imagery. 'Terre Memoire' and 'Climate of Change' examine the tradition of map-making as a tool to commodify nature. The intention is to impose images of earth as an iconic whole upon our conditioned response to divide and separate. Many contain and encapsulate lakes and rivers, pockets of color to symbolize water as a precious, contentious commodity.

Greg Swainson

Greg Swainson is an award winning artist known for his vivid and colourful watercolour paintings. He is also a watercolour instructor, with over 30 years of experience in the field. His subject matter consists of florals, landscapes and unique miscellaneous subject matter. Raintree Studio and Gallery is located on 7 acres of rural woodland easily accessible from Highway 19A, just north of Qualicum Beach.

Catherine Taron

Catherine is a Vancouver Island visual artist, living in the Cowichan Valley. She paints in watercolours and acrylics, with a focus on the changing moods and energies of the west coast and island communities.

Michael Tickner

Internationally acclaimed artist, MICHAEL TICKNER, recently moved to Vancouver Island and is looking forward to setting up his new studio in Nanaimo. His high energy landscape and cityscape paintings have been collected around the world. Michael has taken a primitive style of painting and added depth and perspective. His bright colours are very high energy, making his artwork very uplifting to live with. People sometimes look at his work and see it as fairly simple, but those who know their art appreciate the complexity of it all. Welcome to the world of Michael Tickner.

Helen Utsal

The extraordinary natural beauty found in the Pacific Northwest calls for big expression and gesture. Vancouver Island artist Helen Utsal describes the patterns, light and movement of ancient trees, big skies and reflective waters in an impressionistic and personal way.

Madeleine Wood

Painter of natural delights. Madeleine Wood creates a quiet intimacy with her subjects, taking the viewer into the voluptuous folds of a rose, the intricate tributaries of a leaf, the dramatic patterns of exfoliating arbutus tree bark, and the swirls and folds of cloth and skin. She seeks to explore abstraction in her elegant and magically realistic oil paintings, which are available at Ian Tan Gallery, Madrona Gallery, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Comox Valley Art Gallery gift shop and her own studio at 7801 Tozer Rd, Fanny Bay. Her own self-published art calendar is available each November, and archival (giclee) prints through Mima Gallery, Art Publishing.

Jude Woodland

My acrylic paintings are an integration of illuminated color and reflect a celebration of life.

Linda Yurgensen

I am an artist working primarily in pastel and acrylic and love to paint pet portraits and wildlife. I do all my portraits in pastel on suede matboard which is a wonderful support for creating realistic pieces of art which will last a lifetime.

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Vancouver Island Photographers


Bob Belhouse

Bob Belhouse is a photo-artist whose work can be seen at his studio in Yellow Point, near Ladysmith as well as on his website. His subject material is primarily Nature... and perhaps, secondarily, Architectural. Resulting images can range from realistic to impressionistic to abstract. He has written a comprehensive "How To" eBook on the subject of Creative Editing to improve the artistic quality of any photograph which should be helpful to all photographers; from beginners to the advanced. This book also includes techniques to add textures and brush strokes to digital photos to make them look like paintings.

Tony Bounsall

Tony Bounsall is a photographer and mixed media artist.

Tony Bounsall's Altered Image Workshops offer photographers and visual artist's different approaches to creating photo-based mixed media imagery into their current work.

Tony has been working as a professional commercial photographer for twenty seven years and is a photo arts graduate (BAPA) from Ryerson Polytechnical University. He is a member of The Professional Photographers of British Columbia (PPABC) and The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

He currently teaches Photography, Digital Photography, Photo Based Mixed Media and Collage at The Victoria College Of Art and is a part-time first and second year instructor at The Western Academy of Photography. He also runs workshops in Collage, Encaustics and Mixed Media. Tony is also one of the founding members of The Imagist's (a Victoria based Arts collective) www.theimagists.ca.

He exhibits and sells his own Fine art prints and mixed media work throughout North America.

Tony is currently president of the board of The Metchosin International Summer School of The Arts where he also teaches in the summer. He teaches a variety of Courses and classes that are listed on his web site.

Darran Chaisson

Darran has been enthralled with photography for as long as he remembers. "I always have a camera in my hand. I remember saving up to go out and buy film for my first camera. It's unfortunate I didn't have enough money at the time to get them developed, so who knows what was on those early film rolls" Fast-forwarding many years, Darran had a time in front of the lens as a sports model for some great photographers like Mike Tittel and Kevin Annala, but found he was more satisfied being behind the camera looking out.

Now living on Vancouver Island in Port Alberni, Darran is pursuing his passion with fine art photography. He is fortunate to be living in an area that never ceases to amaze him with the brilliance, liveliness, and diversity that is the West Coast of Canada's Rain Forest. Darran is a self taught photographer and photo editor/retoucher. He has learned the ins and outs of his craft and business through countless long hours of trial and error.

His primary focus is Fine Art Landscape imagery and Fine Art Portraits, while at the same time continuing to work on creative conceptualization for both Photo Decor and for client directed commission work.

Cards By Charbs

Cardsbycharbs is a collection of blank greeting cards created using photos taken of the island. There are beautiful cards of the mountains, ocean, cities that the island has to offer. Emilie, the creator resides in Qualicum. On her website you will find all cards are available to purchase through the website and Etsy.

Allen Comeau

Available for exhibit on Vancouver Island.
Canadian artist/photographer is looking to exhibit apophenic/ pareidolia photos. I photograph patterns in nature. nothing for sale. nspiwa@gmail.com

Jane Davidson

Photographic greeting cards and prints.

Richard Farrington

Richard Farrington is a seasoned photographer and digital artist. He takes scenic and classic car photographic images and transforms them digitally, creating a unique brand of photographic art.

Each fine art image is printed in high resolution and brought to life with the texture and depth of a stretched giclée canvas, commonly known as a gallery wrap.

His style is diverse, often wild and funky, splashing bright colour on the canvas.

His studio is in Courtenay, BC.

Neil Fatin

Neil A. Fatin Photographic Art. Neil Fatin is totally self-taught photographer, picking up skills from personal experience, experimentation and reading. His skills have been added to by his personal appreciation of the wide ranging talents and works of other artists both in traditional forms of art and photography. He takes every opportunity to learn and experiment and he has more recently started to move some of his photography into photographic art.

Micki Findlay

Vancouver Island's own Micki Findlay, is an award-winning, freestyle, self-taught photo-artist. With an excellent eye for detail, she pours hours into her craft, creating a contemporary, artsy feel to her images. She has a knack for bringing her images 'to life' with her post-processing techniques and use of vibrant colours.

Micki has travelled extensively and believes it to be a privilege to capture the beauty of God's creation, and to share it with others for their enjoyment.

Paul Fletcher Photography

I discovered photography at 17 and have never stopped loving it. I turned pro in 1986 and since then have pursued a multifaceted career that has seen me inside a royal function to playing a part in a First Nations state funeral. For the cause, I have coated myself with wet mud, been naked with a bag over my head, and have buried a car in Utah. In between my travels as a stock photographer contracted to Lonely Planet Images and various other life's adventures, I do people and fine art, sometimes both together. I also teach high school photography, lead photography workshops, teach photography at VIU and own/operate Fletcherfoto Gallery at 109 Ingram Street, Duncan.

Linda Gordon

Linda Gordon photography and art. I have participated in juried shows such as the Sooke Fine Art Show, the Sidney and Ladysmith Fine Art Shows as well as photo contests and live painting. I do photo portraits of people and pets, location photography for insurance and documentation as well as events: wedding, reunions, new baby and any special life happening.

Bryan Harvey

Bryan Harvey bought his first camera when he was working for a marine seismic survey operation in the Middle East and Africa.

In the late eighties Bryan took a photography course at Camosun College (now Vancouver Island University) Victoria B.C. Ted Grant was one photographer who shared his knowledge and experience with those participating. Following this Bryan exhibited and sold his photographs in the Victoria area.

In the last six years Bryan has had the time and opportunity to concentrate on photography. Given that there's such a thing as a ten thousand hour rule before becoming expert in any occupation, Bryan proceeded on a process of trial and error. Learning from his mistakes first hand, and from others on the internet, photographs were eventually placed on his studio wall.

Laurie MacBride

Laurie MacBride's images are focused on nature and the west coast of British Columbia, from the Salish Sea to the wilds of BC’s Central and North Coast, as well as the beauty she finds close to home, in the garden, forest, shoreline and wildlife on Gabriola Island. Her prints have been featured in several solo shows since 2011 as well as numerous group shows on Gabriola and Vancouver Island. She also writes a photo-blog focused on nature.

Her prints are professionally mounted on wood and heat-sealed with a vinyl laminate, giving them a lifetime resistance to fading, scratches and moisture damage. They are lightweight but durable, and with no glass, there is no glare, so they hang well in any light.

Maplewood Studio

Contact Heather Russell at Maplewood Studio for pet photography, photo greeting cards, and more.

Lisa Parrish

Born and raised on beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada, Lisa Parrish enjoys extensive traveling and has spent considerable time outside of Canada. Though enjoying photography as a hobby for a number of years, Lisa has only recently become serious about doing it professionally and opened The Parrish House Photos in July 2010 to showcase her unique work. Lisa specializes in international fine art photography featuring a variety of locations around the world, predominately Europe. Her work is available as gallery-wrapped canvas, framed prints, individual prints, and greeting cards.

Paul Saturley

A fine art and commercial photographer for more than two decades, Paul Saturley currently practises in Victoria. His work has appeared in publications in Canada, the United States and Europe. His website, Inkriver, has showcased his work in photography and digital image construction for the past ten years. Paul is a general member of CAPIC, Canada's premiere organization for commercial photographers and illustrators.

Melinda Seyler

I live on a farm in rural Metchosin, British Columbia, outside Victoria, on Vancouver Island. I raise chickens and other birds. I sell heritage breed chickens, eggs and teach courses in Urban Chicken Farming.

I attended Kootenay School of Art and the University of Victoria and have more than one degree in the arts- though none in Photography. My other artistic pursuits are/have been ceramics, fibre arts and restoration of heritage buildings.

I use and have used a variety of cameras. I have taken photos since I got my first Brownie camera too many years ago! Currently I own and use an Exacta VX with a variety of Carl Zeiss lenses, an Olympus OM1-n with various lenses, a Canon S2 IS (digital) and an Olympus E-620 (digital) with various lenses.

My photography work is an outgrowth of the rest of my life. Most of the photos I think of as "recordings"- where I go and what I do, the changing seasons of the year and of life in general. I photograph my work, my travels, my food, my pets, my farm, people and places I know and discover. I don't do a lot of manipulation of images or colours. I don't generally work on commission, though I might if the subject lent itself to my interests.

"If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens."- Grandma Moses

Landon Sveinson

Based out of Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island, Landon Sveinson specializes in wedding and commercial photography. Landon's work has been published by Tourism Vancouver Island, Vancouver Island Vacation Guide, Tourism Nanaimo, Nanaimo Parks and Culture, Tourism Parksville/Qualicum, Tourism Ucluelet, Tourism Tofino, Vancouver Island Outdoor Guide, and much more.

His love of photographing people and nature, while capturing motion, light and colour make his vibrant images come alive. Landon was formally educated in digital photography at Vancouver Institute of Media Arts.

Gabriel Taschereau

Wildlife, scenic and portrait photography. Full service studio or on location.

Shira Windecker Photography

My name is Shira Windecker-Frano. I am a photographer living in Mill Bay British Columbia specializing in lifestyle wedding, newborn, maternity and family portraiture. I was born and raised on Vancouver Island and I am absolutely in love with the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I believe that part of every single day should be spent outside and all that's needed for magical photos is a good pair of hiking boots, a warm wool blanket and a healthy sense of adventure. I absolutely adore capturing the love shared between couples, expectant parents and wonderful families. It's those candid moments of pure, heartfelt emotion that make my heart sing and drives my passion as a photographer. Be sure to check out my website for more information. I love meeting new people and I'm always up for a cup of coffee and some good conversation.

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Vancouver Island Potters


Joe Rosenblatt

Poet/visual artist Joe Rosenblatt was born in Toronto in 1933. Over the years, Rosenblatt has written more than 20 books of poetry, several autobiographical works and his poems have appeared in over thirty anthologies of Canadian poetry over his forty year career. His books have received major awards, such as the Governor General’s award for poetry in 1976 and the BC Book Prize in 1986. Several bilingual volumes of his poetry have been published in Italian with translations by the late Prof. Alfredo Rizzardi of the University of Bologna, and Ada Donati of Rome.Since 1980 he has been living in a beach resort community of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island with his generational cats , paintings and drawings of them are included in many permanent collections in colleges and universities and in private collections.

I make no distinction between creating visual art and writing poetry; for me, painting and drawing are just other ways of writing poetry.

My aim is to make people laugh at danger, the world, and themselves; not as a way of escaping the frightful reality of life but rather as a way of confronting it directly. If concern with the human condition is difficult to find in my art, it is because of the comic elements, and because my subjects (cats, birds, snakes, avaricious plants, insects, amphibians, bats) wear masks.

My art and poetry lie outside the mainstream of modern art movements. My work does not take up the cudgel for social reform, feminism, environmentalism or any other ism, even though I am greatly concerned about environmental degradation in our earthly Eden. I believe in making art to feed the soul. I may even be delusional in thinking that in painting a canvas the Maker is talking to me. Possibly He is! Don’t I paint his creatures, birds, cats, bees and fauna in my garden? Is there a tiny morsel of God in all of us?

Most of my creative work is done in the late afternoon, or in the very early hours of the morning when chronic insomnia prevails. However, the specific time, place or circumstance is irrelevant; it is the technique of drawing, painting or writing that dominates. I am only the servant of my muse in these creative pursuits.

Most of my creative process is cerebral. My ideas are like rolls of film that get developed in the darkroom of my mind. The images have infinitesimal dots of meaning that, bit by bit, start to take form in my brain. I distort and twist the mundane world to its essential reality through craft, humor, fantasy, honesty and intensity.

Vancouver Island Potters


Vivian Bodnar

Salmon Creek Woman welcomes the returning salmon. She reminds us that life is a cycle and from death of an idea, belief or attitude comes new life. I try to remember this in my life.

Salmon Creek Woman is made of high fired white clay, salmon bones, cedar bark and has carvings of salmon running upstream. The blue is an underglaze and the fish are carved through the blue showing the white clay. It is fired at 2100F and is suitable for home or garden.

I love creating pottery!

Arrowsmith Potter's Guild

The Arrowsmith Potters' Guild can be found at the Historic VIA Rail Train Station in Parksville on Vancouver Island, BC. The Train Station Pottery Shop is open daily and our Studio is well equipped. We offer day or evening Handbuilding or Throwing Classes and a wide variety of one day workshops and family oriented events.

Esther Drone

Drone Collectables produces functional pottery, ornamental animals and sculptural carved porcelain pieces. Esther's showroom and studio are located in Langford, BC. Showroom open by appointment. Please call 250-590-8423.

Hilary Huntley

Hilary is a professional studio potter who makes pleasant useful pots for everyone's home. Hilary is in art shows, markets and craft fairs year round or stop by her studio in Duncan.

Mary Fox

Mary Fox has been potting since she was 13 and still loves to go out to her studio every day, full of inspiration to create anew.

Jane Wolters

I make gas-fired stoneware and porcelain pottery meant for people to use in their daily lives, from tableware to one-of-a-kind floor vases and jars, garden accessories, and sculptures large and small, using celadons, copper reds, and many other beautiful glazes.

Cathi Jefferson

Cathi has always known that she was meant to be a potter – it is simply something that she loves to do. Her career as a studio-trained potter began under mentor Herman Venema in Matsqui, BC, in 1974. Cathi imbued this hands-on study with formal arts training at Kwantlen College (1980 – 81) and the Fraser Valley College (1986 – 88). Over the years, Cathi’s desire for learning and improvement has taken her to workshops around the world, with residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation in Montana and others in BC, Banff, Maine, Japan and the UK.

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Vancouver Island Printmakers


Beverly Koski

Acrylic, collage, printmaking. Bev aims for visually intriguing pieces, reflective of the complexity in each of our lives. Her art is shown in leading galleries in the Pacific Northwest and in Toronto.

Laurie Mackie

I am a painter and printmaker in Victoria. I have exhibited work in juried shows regionally. My prints have been shown internationally. My work had been selected for BIMPE (Biennial International Print Exhibit). My work is represented in private and public collections.

Amie Roman

Amie's fascination with the natural world is evident in her artwork. She combines her love and knowledge of science and nature with her artistic skills and strong sense of design. Amie strives to reflect the essence of the world around us in her work. Amie currently holds AFCA "signature" status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. Printmaking has become Amie's artistic focus because it is a craft that requires great skill and creativity. Amie teaches introductory relief and monotype printmaking using very low-tech equipment and water-soluble inks for easy clean up. Please contact Amie if you are interested in either of these techniques or if you'd like to drop by for a visit to her studio in Cobble Hill.

Vancouver Island Sculptors


Pavel Barta

Pavel is an artist and designer with sculptures displayed in several galleries in British Columbia. His artwork is in private collections across Canada, in Europe, USA, New Zealand, and Australia.

Brian Clark

Living and working out of Mill Bay, Brian is a self-taught sculptor who realizes work inspired by nature in stone, wood, and metal, as well as traditional drawing and painting media. Owners of his work include HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, kd lang, David Suzuki, and many individual and international collectors. He has completed major commissions for the Calgary Flames (Stanley Cup Championship commemoration), and with assistance from the First Nations Fort Mackay Band, 7 larger than life-size siltstone Bison sculptures were completed for Syncrude Canada in 1995. An award-winning video, A Shared Vision, hosted by actor Tom Jackson, was produced for Syncrude by Vicom of Calgary. An amateur songwiter for decades, Brian has released a 8 song CD of his own compositions titled: "NO HURRY".

Sonia Galbraith

I find it immensely rewarding to release an expressive sculpture from a lifeless piece of stone, or a beautiful vessel from a lump of clay.

Chris Rose

Sculptures in Soapstone, Alabaster and/or bronze of snowboarders, mountain bikers, skiers, windsurfers, curlers, ballet dancers and other birds and beasts.

Andrej Vujic

I am an artist / sculptor. I specialize in stone, but use other mediums as well.
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Vancouver Island Theatre


Kaatza Lakeside Players

The Kaatza Lakeside Players’ focus is to broaden the opportunities for residents of the Cowichan Lake District to enjoy and participate in learning theatre arts. As a teaching theatre, the Players have pursued education in the arts by participating in many Zone and Provincial festivals, bringing home not only awards but a better understanding and improved skills to pass on to our theatre community.

Vancouver Island Tile Art

Tile Art

Sundby Art & Tile

A multi-facetted studio with a main focus on handmade decorative tile.

Vancouver Island Venues & Supporters

Venues & Supporters

Art 10 Gallery

All original Paintings, Pottery, and Jewellery by local artists. 24 painters, potters and jewellers involved in the gallery which is open seven days a week during Nanaimo North Town Center mall hours. A range of styles and subjects are represented in the paintings, and the potters provide customers with functional and fun pottery, plus sculptural pieces. Art cards, bookmarks, calendars, jewellry and other small gift items are also available.

Arts on the Avenue

Ladysmith. A one day juried art show with a mix of original art, jewellery, pottery, fabric art, wood, glass, artisan food and music. There is a play station for kids to express their inner artist while mom and dad shop. This is a great way to pick up emerging artists works or meet your favourite accomplished artist. Look for the Big white tents on First Ave and Roberts Street, Ladysmith BC. Check our website for event dates. www.artsontheavenue.ca

Cowichan Theatre Lobby Gallery

The Cowichan Theatre Lobby Gallery features a new art show each month to share the richness and diversity of the Artisans of Vancouver Island. Open during the Theatre season, September to June, exhibits feature paintings, photography, jewellery, sculpture and multi media pieces.

The Gallery boasts over 200 feet of exhibit area and is available for viewing one hour before each performance, no ticket required, as well as by appointment with the exhibiting Artist.

Please find us on the third floor of the Island Savings Centre, 2687 James Street, Duncan, B.C. For a listing of current Exhibits, please see our website at www.cowichantheatre.bc.ca

If you are an artist wishing to exhibit in the lobby gallery, please contact Kirsten Schrader, CVRD Arts & Culture Manager, to arrange to share your portfolio at 250-746-0425 or kschrader@cvrd.bc.ca.

Cowichan Valley Arts Council

The Cowichan Valley Arts Council promotes the understanding and appreciation of the arts through encouraging artistic activities through sponsored art gallery shows, events and the CVAC website.

Creative Craft Fairs

Coordinates an annual, juried, art and craft fair on Vancouver Island. An extravangaza of outstanding arts, crafts & demos. Over 200 craftspeople present the highest quality fine art and craft at this ever popular four day event. Applicants are selected on the basis of excellence of work, originality of design, marketability and overall aesthetics.

Fletcherfoto Gallery Rental

Fletcherfoto Gallery in downtown Duncan is the perfect gallery for your next show. Rates are available for both 2 week or 1 month shows. The gallery is small, the walls are empty and white, the location excellent and the lighting perfect. All forms of art encouraged. Please call if you are interested in renting the space for a show. 250 732-0462.

Gallery of Artisans

Gallery showcasing over 30 island artisans. Pottery, paintings, photography, jewellery, fabric arts and much more.

Imagine That Artisans Designs

A registered co-operative featuring a wide selection of finely crafted artwork by local Cowichan and Vancouver Island artisans and artists in a downtown retail store setting.
* Technical assistance provided by Island Arts.

Judy Hill Gallery & Gifts

Judy Hill Gallery, located in Duncan BC, features over one hundred Northwest Coast Native artists, displays native arififacts and provides renowned expert service.

Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery

is a community gallery run 100% by volunteers from Tuesday to Sunday noon to 4 pm. 12 different shows a year intrigue both the artist and art lover. Don’t be surprised if you see many well known artists who live in and around Ladysmith visiting the gallery or have their work on display. Right next door to the gallery are artist studios where you can take a tour, visit with the artist, ask question and see what’s going on. Inside the gallery is a fantastic gift shop with new items arriving from artists frequently. The gallery is housed in the historical Expo Building at 610 Oyster Bay Dr. 250-245-1252

Ou Gallery

Ou like 'oooo, nice'. The Ou is a contemporary art gallery & workshop space located just outside of downtown Duncan at 3091 Agira Road. We're open Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-4pm for exhibition viewing and during the week for workshops & markets.

Salt Spring Studio Tour

Your adventure out of the ordinary. Take a self-guided tour of 33 diverse and fascinating artists' studios located throughout beautiful Salt Spring Island. Meet the artisans, browse their galleries and take home wonderful memories and special treasures. Get a free map and just follow the Studio Tour signs!

Summer Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Tour

There is plenty to discover nestled among the evergreen forests and picturesque waterfront in Cedar and Yellow Point just north of Ladysmith. Enjoy our wonderful selection of lodgings, restaurants and pubs, rambling country roads, cranberry bogs, corn maze and artists. Take a day and have fun poking around. You don’t have to be in a hurry, because we’re not. Discover treasures, meet the artisans and enjoy the day. Check to see times of openings.

Visions Summer Art Studio Tour

The Visions Art Tour Society has presented the annual Visions Summer Art Studio Tour, during which the members of Visions open their studios and invite the community to one of the largest and longest running art shows on Vancouver Island, for more than 20 years.

Works of Heart Project

The Works of Heart Project is calling on artists, musicians, writers, sculptors, actors ... ALL creative individuals who want to make a difference in the world through their creative works. Your art could be featured on their website, their Facebook page, (facebook.com/worksofheartproject) across social media and, if chosen, your work may also be featured in a film they will be producing to inspire others, worldwide, to create art that celebrates diversity, inspires kindness and challenges racism and/or bullying.

Find out how you can make a difference.

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Vancouver Island Wood Turners

Wood Turners

Ken Broadland at Heartwood Studio

Using eco-friendly methods, Ken salvages character Maple, Arbutus, Red and Yellow Cedar, Dogwood, fruit woods and other species from the Cowichan Valley and other Vancouver Island locations. He turns these treasures into beautiful and functional salad bowls, utensils, cutting boards, lidded containers, urns, snack bowls, vessels and decorative pieces, both live-edge and regular-rimmed. His delightful studio is located five minutes west of Duncan and is open year-round at customers' convenience. Please phone or email ahead to make sure we're home.

Lee River Wood Turning

One of a kind turned bowls , lidded containers, hollow forms, trays, and weed pots are turned in my Nanoose Bay shop. Some pieces are created by incorporating a naturally occurring flaw in the material. Other pieces use the natural edges of the wood. Local Arbutus, Garry Oak, Yew, Maple , Cherry and Fir are used for turning.

Vancouver Island Writers


Manuel Erickson

As with all forms of art, writing helps to reveal our spirit and emotions to others. I admire writers who succeed so well at this and I try to learn from them. Shakespeare comes to mind, as do Margaret Atwood, Richard Bach, Jared Diamond, Arthur C. Clark and a host of others. They write in the gigantic book that is the Earth. They are my mentors and I am inspired by them.

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