Featured Artists

Featured Artists 

at our Late Summer show, Sept 21-23, 2018
to visit an artist's website just click on the website address beside each artists name


Brian Croft,
president, West Fine Art Show
               www.briancroft.com

























Painting the History of Vancouver and British Columbia.   Brian Croft is a former fighter pilot with the Canadian Forces. Today he is a widely recognized artist whose work emanates from the beautiful locales surrounding Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has introduced a historical and heritage perspective into his work and this has become the focal element and trademark of his various collections. Brian’s major works are now rendered on canvas and his meticulous research and paint process continues to produce highly detailed and evocative paintings of our past. He resides in Langley, B.C. and has created over 380 works.


















Bryan Coombes
vice president, West Fine Art Show
www.bryancoombesart.com
 












Bryan has parlayed his experiences as a local realtor, traveler, commercial bush pilot, mountaineer, father and a Canadian into his art. His main theme is landscape painting in oil and acrylic but he's reluctant to generalize his subject matter as he is simply enjoying the wonderful journey of exploring art through paint and color. He is certain his work will weave through the gamut of subject matter and techniques whilst keeping to a style that can only be his







   
   
 Joyce Trygg
director,
West Fine Art Show
 


 www.joycetrygg.com
 
 





























Joyce Trygg was born at Cross Roads, Country Harbour in Nova Scotia. She drew constantly throughout her childhood and majored in art in high school. While she raised her family she attended Douglas College where she drew, painted, sculpted and studied Art History. She drew and painted animals as a hobby, especially studies of horses, dogs and cats.

She now lives with her husband on a horse farm in Fort Langley, B.C., surrounded by domestic animals, and occasionally, deer, coyotes, hawks, eagles and black bears.
In 1998 she began painting seriously and attending workshops with well-known local and international artists. 

Although animals are her primary subjects, Joyce also loves to paint some of the beautiful details encountered in everyday things, capturing the familiar in new and unexpected ways.
In 2010 Joyce was selected by the B.C. Wildlife Federation as the B.C. Wildlife Artist of the Year.
In 2014 she was one of twelve artists invited to represent Canada at the “Fabriano In Acquarello 2014”, an international artistic convention, and she was invited back to participate in 2015.  Joyce is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation.
Works by Joyce Trygg have now been exhibited and sold in Canada, the USA and Europe.


























Neil Hamelin
 





www.neilhamelin.com
   
       



















Canadian artist Neil Hamelin finds his inspiration telling stories of our heritage through the weathered wood and flaking paint that stand vestige to our past. His paintings capture the feeling of forgotten stories and adventures told through the rusty metal of vehicles, and battered hulls of ships long dis-remembered for their service.

An injury led to Hamelin picking up a paint brush for the first time in 2010 in an attempt to find an outlet for the creativity he felt locked away. As a self-taught artist, he challenges himself to notice the beauty and story in subjects that may otherwise be ignored. A lifetime’s interest with vehicles and objects from our heritage captures Hamelin's imagination where he is enamoured by the artistry and craftsmanship that was once employed in their fabrication. As opposed to the allure of shiny chrome and flawless paint, Hamelin sees the beauty in age and weathering, showing evidence of a life lived. His paintings become a touchstone, triggering stories from our ancestry. 

Hamelin has received National recognition for his artwork with a series of gold coins released through the Royal Canadian Mint. His paintings are found in the homes of private collectors and corporations internationally.

 

 


























Brent Cooke

www.castartstudio.com 
   
   


























Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Brent has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his life, mainly on Vancouver Island.  Having discovered a love of carving at a young age, Brent created wood relief and figures, stone carvings; fine detail wood decoys, and then entered the bronze-casting field in recent years.  His work focuses on birds and fish for the most part, with birds of prey being his favorite subject.  The sculptures Brent produces at his studio in Victoria, BC, are cast at Valley Bronze of Oregon. Brent's use of negative space and ability to capture the essence of movement and interaction of his subjects has been widely complimented by art lovers at galleries and art shows. He is an international artist with gallery representation in Canada and the US.    

 



















Carmel Clare



Carmelclare.com
   







Carmel was born in 1964 Penkth, England and raised in Burlington, Ontario.  While traveling around Canada as a young woman, she was struck by the dramatic landscape and ocean of the west, making it her home in 1989.  Carmel’s first explorations of human portrait, still life, and landscape, were rendered by applying loose, expressive washes over which she glazed many layers with control and precision.  She now prefers acrylics, combining her watercolour expertise with the textural advantages of acrylic to capture the feel of the west, full of colour, space and strength.

“My fascination with the elements humbles me.  My desire to paint is fueled by samples I collect from the environment for reference of colour, texture, and substance; smooth stones from riverbeds, leaves from concealed forests, or driftwood, bleached white by the sun.  I exaggerate the things I see, inviting the viewer’s eye on a guided tour of the myriad of beauty I so love.”

 
       
       
Ken Nash,
director, West Fine Art Show
wwwrealscapes.ca    
 
 
Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, Ken Nash has created art for fifty years using a variety of mediums including ink, coloured pencil and acrylics on paper, wood and canvas. For most of his career he focused on commission work, but over the past five years has exhibited his paintings throughout Metro Vancouver, as well as the Fraser and Thompson Valleys. Along the way, he has studied and been influenced by Bateman and Coleville, as well as Russian landscape artists Shishkin and Levitan. His work can now be described in the genre of photorealism and is an excellent conduit to reflect the beauty of the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada, and other parts of the world.













































Graham McKenzie


www.grahammckenzieart.com
   
     










Having lived in BC for the last 17 years I`ve grown to appreciate the great out doors that this province has to offer. Most of my paintings inspirations come from my many hikes in The Fraser Valley . I take countless photographs for reference purposes while others become the main subject or inspiration for a painting . I love hiking through the forest enjoying the magic that nature has to offer . I look forward to exploring more of BC`s forests even if they are already established trails.

 

 













































Lorn Curry  www.lorncurry.com    
     














Lorn Curry is a still life painter based in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Inspired by the European masters of the contemporary hyperrealist and photorealist movements, he also cites fellow East Coast artist Mary Pratt as having a major and ongoing influence on his work. 

On a technical level, his pieces represent an ongoing exploration of light’s ability to define the surfaces across which it travels. But, below this surface, his paintings are also an attempt at better understanding how the constants of life connect us all as human beings through place and time: cherished objects, childhood memories, and shared daily experiences.
 
A member of both the Federation of Canadian Artists and the North Shore Artists’ Guild, his work is exhibited regularly at a number of local art shows. His paintings are found in several private and corporate collections in North America and Europe.  Most recently, his work was featured in the September 2017 issue of International Artist Magazine.  His studio is located at 202-758 Copping Street in North Vancouver where members of the public are invited to see his latest works. 
 
   



 


Judy Vanderveen www.myartclub.com    
 













Raised in the Fraser Valley in and around the farming communities, it is only natural that Judy's subject matter would reflect her deep rooted interests. She started riding horses as a teenager and has remained a horsewoman all her life. Judy began showing horses a few years after she began riding, participating in many gymkhanas, rodeos and large horse shows. One of her accomplishments includes being chosen the first recipient of the Miss Horsemanship trophy in the Cloverdale Rodeo Queen Pageant. An avid trail rider, Judy competed in the grueling 50-mile endurance ride/race once hosted in Abbotsford. 

Judy comes from a long line of very talented and creative people. In her Norwegian lineage are writers, visual artists, blacksmiths, animal lovers, farmers and sailors (and most likely a Viking or two). Her art training has been squeezed in between various occupations ranging from bookkeeper to millworker to farm worker. 

 After raising her family of two children (one princess and one Viking boy ) she is returning to her true calling, painting and drawing the things she loves-rodeo life, cowboys, wildlife and mountains. Her life experiences come through her pencil drawings and bring the viewer into her world, giving them a sense of peace and comfort. One can almost smell the horses sweat or feel the cool air the rider is breathing in.



















   
   

Anita Klein
 
 

www.artistanitaklein.com

   
















Growin’ up doodlin’ on any spare scrap of paper, Anita was encouraged from an early age to develop her natural scribblin’ tendencies into a career in art.

She received her formal fine art education at the (then)Emily Carr College of Art and earned an Associate Degree in Design from Kwantlen College before beginning her career as a graphic artist.   

Anita now works from her studio in Cloverdale, BC, focused on her fine art and illustration work. Recognized by it’s lushness of colour and bold sense of drama, subjects for her art are varied but her love of horses, nature and the western life remain a constant in her paintings and drawings.  Anita's "Barn Chick"humorous work features colourful cowgirls, their critters and the crazy things that can happen when they get together. Anita is a member of Cowboy Cartoonists International and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. 

 



   
   




Patricia Banks  www.patriciabanks.ca    
 














Patricia Banks is a Canadian Landscape and Nature Artist known for her detailed oil and acrylic paintings.

"I am intrigued by the fleeting balance between strength and fragility in nature. Drawing inspiration from the natural environment, I bear witness to the beauty, interdependence, and sanctity of all creation. I seek to share this glory with viewers so that they may also pause and reflect, and feel as if they are there, in the moment.

An artist from early childhood, Patricia believes art has the power to heal and pursues her artwork with passion and purpose. Patricia has won several awards and writes numerous art articles, including a monthly Art Adventures column for Nanaimo Magazine.

Patricia is a graduate of Douglas College and the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. She has earned Signature Status with Artists For Conservation and is a juried member of Oil Painters of America. Patricia is dedicated to nurturing, promoting and supporting conservation through her artwork. Her paintings can be found in collections throughout the world, including Canada, the United States of America, England, Australia and China.







    
 















 Rick Pennell      
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I am a landscape painter focused on expressing places I've experienced.  I use on-site painting (plein air) to get the sense of place and time, and then use this as inspiration for larger works. 

I studied under Murray Phillips, and have been inspired by artists present (Gaye Adams, Mike Svob, Graham Shaw) and artists past (Carl Rungus, A.Y. Jackson, and the Group of Seven).

 I currently live (and paint) in Abbotsford, BC







   
   


Joanne Finlay  joannefinlay.com    
   



















Joanne draws and paints for the sheer joy of being able to experiment with texture in pen/ink, graphite, and oils. She loves to learn.

She became much more observant in her life in the early 1990's.  She moved back to the West Coast after being away for quite a number of years and was amazed by the beauty that she had left behind.  Joanne started to see rock formations with a more curious eye, ocean beaches from an observer’s camera (with their never ending tide pools) and the wonderful variety which is part of the urban garden and rural landscape.  Her current oil paintings are of still life and landscapes and she continues her love of  impressionistic realism.  She has a special fondness for pen/ink which is where she started her journey. 

Joanne is a Signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and is an honorary member of the Drawing Society of Canada.  She is an artist who believes anyone can find their art within (which takes many different forms) and that it is ultimately the most intimate form of self-expression and joy.  She is grateful when given the opportunity to support great causes with the sale of her pieces.

 



 

 

















 Felicity Holmes www.felicityholmesartist.com
   
 























Felicity has always had an appreciation of the landscape and nature after having spent most of her childhood riding horses in the Derbyshire Dales in England. She obtained her B. A. Hons degree in Fine Art at Loughborough Leicestershire. After completion of that, she immigrated to Canada with her husband settling in the Muscoka region of Ontario. Where she worked for a local Art gallery and framing store learning the art of professional picture framing and the Canadian Art scene.

In the late 1990's they moved over to the West Coast of Canada and now live in Brookswood, Langley.

Most days can find Felicity walking her Doberman over the numerous trails throughout the region either in the mountains or down near the seaside with camera and notebook in hand getting new inspiration for her large canvases. Felicity also has a small business designing murals for private residences, creating the one of a kind themed room for a child's room to wine cellars.


 



Debra Gow

 Debragow.com
   












































I believe what sets artists apart from others who do not paint, or draw is our ability to see shapes and colors differently.  I think I was born with a brush in my hand. My inspiration comes from many areas, travels, photos, music & books. My work can be representational, with a twist towards fantasy and  abstract.  I love the immediacy and flow of watercolor, the excitment of acrylics plus the tactile nature of mixed media collage. Artistic license is a joy for me. A lovely mix of these mediums is seen in my paintings. Sometimes this includes attention to detail or a loose fluid play with all the mediums. As the saying goes I am so grateful to be following my bliss.

Debra was born in Calgary Alberta and since childhood has always had a passion for painting & drawing. Her training started in Alberta where she studied Chinese brush painting, watercolor, acrylics, & design.  After moving to the West Coast and raising her family Debra continued to study with artists like Judy Morris, Tom Lynch, Brent Heighten & Mike Svob. Debra’s paintings have met with broad acclaim.  She has been instructing art for over 25 years and finds sharing her knowledge with students important for her as a painter.


























Gale More O'Ferrall   http://galeart.squarespace.com    
















Gale More O’Ferrall is a representational artist working mainly in oils and acrylics.  Her work is eclectically rich in subject matter as she likes to challenge herself and finds that this keeps her work fresh and dynamic. An extensive traveller, her works of art are an emotional response to her surroundings and experiences.

Revealing people and their individual essence holds predominance in her love for painting and capturing atmosphere and light is her technical forte. She wants to evoke moods and feelings from the viewer.  More O’Ferrall is a full time professional artist and instructor, she moved to Canada in 2012 and resides in Vancouver.

 

































Marilyn Hunt artbymarilynhunt.com    























Marilyn Hunt was born in Pouce Coupe, B.C. (1956), but has spent most of her life on the West Coast of British Columbia.

Her career as a professional artist began in Victoria, B.C. in the early 90’s. Drawn to the small, often un-noticed details of nature, Marilyn has made it her artistic mission to magnify these characteristics in the uninhibited cycle from reproduction, growth and beauty, to the final decay. Her ability to focus on the small miracles around us, educate and intrigue.

Painting on a large scale, Marilyn magnifies the wonders of nature and takes us on the journey of plant-life from the roots to the sky and into the workings of life above and below the ground. Roots, water, the rocks and soil come alive on canvas in vibrant colour and movement. Marilyn paints primarily in acrylic but an on-going curiosity for mediums and texture produces many works in oil, wax and found objects. Her paintings throughout her career tie her childhood experiences and a love for the natural landscape of Canada together.

Marilyn Hunt’s paintings involve and move the viewer to stop and listen to the booming silence of life.