Featured Artists

Featured Artists 

at Glass House Estate Winery Sept 8-10, 2017

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.byancoombesart.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    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 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


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.


 Carmel Clare   www.carmelclare.com    

Born in Penkth, England, Carmel moved to Canada at a young age. Early years were spent in Burlington, Ontario. When 18 she travelled as a volunteer with Katimavik, affording her a oppurtunity to tourCanada. While traveling, she was struck by the dramatic landscape and ocean of the west, making it her home in 1989. Carmel cannot remember a time when she did not enjoy producing art. From her first explorations of the human portrait, still life, and landscape, 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 acrylics to capture the feel of the west, full of colour space and strength. Currently Carmel divides her time teaching others in this rewarding endeavor and painting.



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.

Diana Jensen Vestergaard  www.ArtEquidae.com    

Diana Jensen Vestergaard is an artist, photographer, and art historian specializing in equine themes.  Her aesthetic celebrates the beauty and spirit of horses through a mastery of craft.

Born in Port Alberni in 1973, Diana grew up riding in the sublime West Coast rainforest. Diana’s formal artist education includes a Bachelor of Art and Design in 1997, and a Bachelor of Art Education in 2001.  Inspired by the artistic paradigms of the Western tradition, Diana moved to Europe in 2003 to study the Masters. She embraced classical training at The Florence Academy of Art, whereby she received a Certificate in Academic Drawing in 2008.  In 2010 Diana graduated with a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Copenhagen.  

Professional affiliations and memberships include the Equine Photographers Network, USA, and the Society of Equestrian Artists, UK.  Diana is represented by Equis Art Gallery in New York and has contributed to magazines such as Western Art and Architecture.

Diana divides her time between Europe and Canada. She works full time as a painter, while also teaching art classes and art history seminars.  Her artwork is represented in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, and throughout Europe.



Grazyna Wolski  www.grazynawolski.com

Grazyna Wolski was born and raised in Poland. Her interest in art began at an early age with sketching, drawing and painting.A self-taught artist, Wolski is continuously looking for improvement, balance and harmony in her work and in her life. Art, she believes is spiritual in nature, very healing and therapeutic. Creative process, enthused by the endless beauty of nature - her flawlessness, yet imperfection - reminds her of her own journey, forever developing and unpredictable, yet also miraculous. She feels a deep emotional connection with flowers; they are her infinite source of inspiration standing as a metaphor for how she feels about life and people. She paints them to tell stories, evoke memories, bring joy and to please the senses of the viewer. Wolski regularly spends time in and amongst the flowers and the world around us: taking photographs and using them as a reference when later working in her studio. She combines realistic lines, bold colours, light, spontaneity and intuition to portray not only the beauty of flowers, but the particular emotions and memories they evoke. Wolski lives and paints on Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore. The Federation of Canadian Artists awarded her signature status in 2014.

 Howard Cobb

Howard has been an artist for as long as he can remember. His first memories of drawing are from when he was a very young boy, studiously copying comic books in the 1960's, panel by panel, page by page. Although he later studied TV and Film Production at university, he chose instead to pursue a career in art shortly after he was married in 1980.

He has been a professional illustrator, working in both the comic book and film industries, but ultimately prefers the satisfaction of expressing his own ideas through fine art.

Although he has painted many portraits and quite a bit of wildlife, he considers himself first and foremost a landscape artist. He believes that the soul of any artwork is emotional content, so he paints the scenes that truly move him. Like any painter he is attracted to the effects of light, but prefers to express this mostly in high key, bright colors, and high contrast scenes. He loves the early morning and late afternoons, what the movie industry would call the golden hours, with it's typically slanting, warm lights and well defined shadows and textures.

Howard's goal as an artist is to be able to share with the viewer a strong sense of place, a sense of awe, or a story captured in one fleeting instant of time, but mostly the joy and wonder of living in such an extraordinarily beautiful world.



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 here, in the moment.î

An artist from early childhood, Patricia believes art has the power to heal and pursues her passion and purpose as an artist. Her paintings are sensitive and evoke the moods and emotional effects of atmosphere, revealing an intuitive grasp of the subtleties of time and place. Patricia has won several awards and writes numerous art related 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, is a full juried member of International Guild of Realism and 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.



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.



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.




Suzanne Erickson  www.suzanneerickson.ca    

Suzanne is a multi-faceted artist and professional hand engraver whose exquisite designs can be found on glass, wood, metal, leather, and most recently, gourds!  Whether it's hand engraving, wood burning, or painting, Suzanne's visual language is unique, bold, and is inspired by the natural world, and her experiences growing up in Saskatchewan.

Suzanne has studied calligraphy and hand engraving with master craftsmen in Utah and Texas, and passes her vast knowledge on to others as a teacher.  She explains her interest in working with gourds: "While teaching Pyrography, I saw a book that had hard shelled wood burned gourds.  The colours and textures completely grabbed my attention, and I knew I was in for another creative adventure! Hard shelled gourds are one of the oldest cultivated plants. Their unique shapes and surfaces beckon to be lovingly sculpted into works of art and it gives me great joy to create designs that celebrate their earthiness. They are my perfect canvas.”

Suzanne’s work displays a unique combination of ancient tradition and contemporary design.  In addition to gourds, you may also be surprised to find Suzanne’s designs on horseshoes, crystal ware, rifle stocks, hand tools and even egg shells.


 Rick Pennell  www.rickpennellpaint.blogspot.ca    

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


Fran Alexander   www.franalexander.com    

An impulse to create ignites a passion deep within Vancouver-based artist, Fran Alexander. After obtaining a degree in art education at the University of British Columbia, she has travelled widely, teaching art in Toronto, and in Luxembourg, and had the rare opportunity to teach in the Northwest Territories.
As a member of the Inuvik Arts and Crafts Council for three years, Fran ardently promoted cultural enrichment in the North. Her presentations at the teachers’ 

conferences were richly informed by her classroom experience, and composed primarily of Inuvialuit, Gwich’n, and Metis children. Fran has said her time in the “Land of the Midnight Sun” was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.

Fran expresses her passion for art with an architectural eye through the heart of a poet, creating floral compositions so keenly represented as to almost conjure scent.  She is recently exploring abstract impressionism in her art through a thoughtful process of multilayers of color. A skillful use of color, form, and balance are a testament to training, and diligent application, and her limitless subject matter is a constant muse, urging her ever onward to masterfully render paintings that are simply put, exquisite.  Through painting, she has reinvigorated her inner muse. Fran’s preferred painting mediums are oils, and acrylic, which she paints in abstract and realistic themes. She is an Associate Signature member of The Federation of Canadian Artists on Granville Island in Vancouver.


Felicity Holmes www.felicityholmesartist.com  Artist in Residence, Glass House Estate Winery  


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 childs room to wine cellars.