Featured Artists

Featured Artists 

at our Cloverdale Rodeo show, May 18-21, 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.

















   
   
 




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.

 


















 

 




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.












   
   
Neil Hamelin  "Best Artist" (flat art) at the 2016 Western Showcase at the Calgary Stampede . 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.












   









Nathan Scott  www.sculpturebynathanscott.com        
 

















I started my sculpting career upon returning home to Victoria in the summer of 1998 after a 10-year stint as a goldminer in the Yukon.  My sculptures have become my resume which is ever growing and changing.  

Within 6 months of the beginning of my sculpting career, I was given my first public commission by the township of Sidney on Vancouver Island.  Since that time, I have completed over 30 public commissions, adorning streets, memorials, trestles and parks from Victoria to Prince Edward Island.  Between public commissions, I have completed many private commissions as well as a line of limited edition which have journeyed to many continents.  I have been involved with shows in Victoria, Vancouver, and as far away as Toronto, San Francisco and Colorado.  My work can be seen on my website, www.sculpturebynathanscott.com .  It is also on display in the garden gallery of Butchart Gardens, The Wickininish Inn, Senora Resort, Dent Island Lodge and at my own studio Saanichton, BC.  These outlets have captured an international market for my sculptures, allowing me to send my pieces throughout 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.

 

 






   
   


Roger D. Arndt  Painter of the Canadian West ™ www.rogerarndt.ca  
 
















“I try to take the viewer away to a place they’ve always wanted to be — to the solitude of a mountain stream or to the peace and harmony of an alpine lake. Always, I invite the viewer’s own imaginative involvement.”

As ‘Painter of the Canadian West’, Roger D. Arndt shares a vision of nature’s beauty that touches the soul. Roger began to draw inspiration from the wilderness during childhood visits to British Columbia's Manning Park, where he and his family hiked, fished and explored the forests and lakes. He was moved by the power and majesty of the mountains. His soul inspired, he began to paint these vast and glorious monuments. In his late teen years, Roger discovered his love for the Rocky Mountains. He spent several months each year exploring Alberta's Lake Louise, Jasper, and Athabasca regions, hiking and camping at the base of towering mountains and ancient glaciers. 

Roger’s work is a vision that extends from the top of the world to the valleys below and the ocean beyond. Roger is a smooth brush oil painter who utilizes a centuries-old Flemish technique that was once practiced by European Masters. His attention to detail is paramount, from the time he conceptualizes the image in his mind and prepares his boards, to the finishing and framing of the completed piece. 

A Roger D. Arndt painting is a timeless work of art that marries the breathtaking subject matter of Canada's West with fine craftsmanship and quality. At his Kelowna studio located in a picturesque 35 acre orchard, Roger is inspired by music, nature and the serenity of his surroundings.



























Bruce Muir      
     














Born in Vancouver and growing up on the West Coast, Bruce Muir has always had a keen interest in painting natural scenes. Bruce has pursued artistic endeavors since childhood with the support of his family and teachers. At age 15 he met artist Ken Kirkby, who was to become a major influence in his life and artwork.

Bruce has been painting full time for many years and has also worked in other occupations that helped his profession.  Forestry (BCIT Diploma), fishing, and Tug boating are some of the activities that Bruce was involved in before Art took over. The years spent in these fields gave Bruce a solid background of knowledge in the natural world that he paints.

Bruce has won numerous awards for his artwork including "Artist of the Year" for:  B.C.Wildlife Federation(2),Trout Unlimited, Brant Festival(2), Ducks Unlimited(BC)(2), N.Van.Outdoor School, Pacific Salmon Foundation(4). Bruce has recently been commissioned to do a mural for the B.C.Children's Hospital. He has had many art shows as well as group shows. His work can currently be viewed on the websites of Mark Penney Gallery, Ucluelet and the Art Junction Gallery, Whistler.























Lalita Hamill



www.lalitahamill.com
   
 

















As a young adult, Lalita discovered her artistic abilities during the final year of her Philosophy degree.  Subsequent years of drawing led to classes at the Vancouver Academy of Art, where she studied methods of the Old Masters for four years.

Yet it was not until a severe car accident in 2003, in which her husband was severely injured, that Lalita decided that “life is too short to wait”; soon thereafter she plunged full time into her passion for visual art.  With fifteen years of teaching experience, an eye for composition and beauty and the analytical training to discuss art, Lalita became the sole provider for her husband and daughter.   

Lalita has won many awards, has her AFCA status, and collectors are taking notice.  She currently lives with her husband and three daughters in Langley, BC.

“I create colourful representational paintings with a focus on the interplay of shapes created by lights and darks.  My paintings have a rich, velvety depth, giving them a  traditional feel that I blend with contemporary elements to create innovative, touching, memorable works of art.”  

“I am intrigued by composition and pattern.  I am fascinated with understanding and capturing the human spirit, inspired by the challenge of a difficult piece, and propelled by the unknown.” 

 




























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.







    
 














Drew Keilback drewsart.com  
 













Drew is a representational painter born and raised on the Canadian prairies. Drawing and sketching from an early age, he received his Fine Art training in Phoenix, Arizona where, wandering the various galleries of Scottsdale and Tucson, he was deeply influenced by the contemporary western painting style of the Southwest 

On his return to Canada, he moved to the extreme west coast of Vancouver Island and with the change of scenery came a change in palette. Life in camp can be physically challenging but with it came the rewards of living and hiking and painting some of the most remote and inspiring locations imaginable. A move to the city broughtemployment at CBC Vancouver as a video graphics artist where he remained until retiring to take up painting full time.

Living in British Columbia, Drew has been easily captivated by the vast and rugged beauty of the west coast and has traveled and hiked the area extensively – pencil, camera and sketchbook in hand. His paintings are simply an attempt to portray the life and land that surround us … to convey the wonders of nature in a manner unique to the viewer.

Drew currently resides in Langley and is represented by Harrison Galleries in Vancouver.  






 

 




 Patricia Falck  patriciafalck.com    

















Patricia Falck is an Artist with a contemporary vision painting abstract landscapes with intense colour and expressive texture. Drawing from a background in fashion and textile print design, Patricia has always had a passion for colour. She believes that, “colour is a power which directly influences the soul.”

Patricia’s studio, which is located in Langley B.C., is Patricia’s place for solitude, contemplation, and discovery. Working with oils she enjoys beginning her paintings by building the surface freely and openly, exploring possibilities that become apparent throughout the process. Her paintings are a form of quiet thinking, an internal process. Patricia’s paintings are continually evolving - never ending – they simply stop in at an interesting place.

Patricia has studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the Vancouver Academy of Art. Patricia’s work has been represented at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley and is currently available in Gallery 204 downtown Langley.















   
   

   
   

 
Catherine Traynor

catherinetraynorfineart.com
 
       


















Originally from Ontario, Catherine moved to British Columbia in 2009.  Inspired to pick up her first paint brush, she began working in Acrylics, painting many different subjects. Today she is an Active Member of the Canadian Federation of Artists with an expanding body of work which now includes works rendered in the oil medium.

Surrounded by horses most of her life, these beautiful creatures sparked a new direction. Catherine's work now concentrates on Equines, a subject matter that she holds near to her heart.  Working from this magnificent source of inspiration Catherine's portfolio has blossomed with canvases that communicate her artistic view of a happy and meaningful relationship with the equines in our midst.
















         
         





 Ronald George Straight  www.ronald-george-straight.com    
       
















Ron is a First Nations artist. His work as a commercial artist reflects his view of the natural world in a unique way.

Influenced by his heritage and upbringing, his paintings merge the real and the imagined by the use of digital & illustrative elements.

Ron was raised on the prairies and now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, affording him a wide range of inspiration for his paintings.
Commissions considered.


 

















 C. Edward Anderson  ceandersonart.com
   


















I have been drawing and painting for over twenty-five years. My formal academic education is in the sciences. Science forms the basis of how I relate to the world.  However, a steadily growing interest in creating art led me to seek the long-term mentorship of several senior professional artists. The wise and skilful guidance of these artists combined with my own study has given me another way of viewing the world.

I grew up on a farm, and I am now back living a rural life. I was taught to hunt by my father, and I continue to hunt.  My greatest love is bird hunting behind dogs, and the dogs have become more important to me than the hunt itself. The need to express how I feel about our interaction with nature through hunting, and how gundogs, with a foot in each world, mediate this interaction, is the basic driver of my art.

Flowing through this are my sketchbooks and journals.  I am a compulsive diarist and my record is visual.  I love to travel outdoors, and I create sketch journals as I go.  Sometimes I wonder if I travel just to make drawings.






















Keith Andrews   www.keithandrews.art
   
       




















 Keith Andrews is a visual artist living in Calgary, Alberta. His inspiration is the majestic scenery of the Canadian Rockies, teeming with wildlife year-round.

Keith works primarily in black and white acrylics, and is known for the intricate detail he brings to his birch-wood panels.

Exploring techniques learned from artist and mentor Terry Isaac since 2006, and drawing inspiration from photographer Nick Brandt, Keith strives to carve his own niche into the genre. 

Through his passion for conservation of wildlife and their natural habitat, he works to inspire others to help protect our planet by shining a spotlight on natural beauty.