Tyrrell Clarke - Tyrrell Clarke Studio
Tyrrell Clarke, is a Gabriolan artist who has enjoyed a thriving studio practice and art career for thirty five years. Her artwork is an evolving stream of expressive paintings that are all about capturing the energy of her subject. Tyrrell’s move to Gabriola Island, BC. is inspired by the deep resonance of nature she feels in the West Coast landscape and her new paintings mirror the forests, ocean and flowers that now surround her. She exhibits both locally and internationally.
Ocean has been a multimedia artist for over 30 years, showing her work in Vancouver, Toronto and Canmore. Since moving to Gabriola 8 years ago, she's shown at the Hive Emporium, Artworks, Twin Beaches Gallery and Gallery Merrick. Her work has always been heavily influenced by her environment. In the city, it consisted primarily of assemblage art from found objects. When she moved to Gabriola, her found objects became driftwood pieces and she took to carving exclusively.
As she carves, she works intuitively with each piece, releasing the form that she senses dwelling in the wood. Her intention in sharing her carvings is to offer guests the opportunity to connect more deeply to trees. Her inner work is to continuously develop her attentiveness to the spirit of the wood.
Jade has lived on Gabriola with her younf family for 3 years. She describes herself as "the artist for the animals." She's inspired by Gabriola and her homestead full of animals. Working from photos, she creates beautiful mixed work by layering tea stains, pen and ink, watercolour, charcoal and acrylics to each piece. There is a vibrancy and dynamic energy in all her work.
Painter Deb Chaney is one of our newest artists on Gabriola. She has been painting for 20 years and her abstract mixed media work is spiritually inspired. The process of building the multiple layers and textures supports her being in the present moment and is part of her healing journey.
Westwood Leather Co. - Olivia
Westwood Leather Co was born from a love of thoughtful design, quality construction, and a rejection of fast fashion. Leathercraft, for Olivia, is the perfect marriage of handmade quality and functional design. She cuts and sews every item by hand and strive to make her items as polished as possible while celebrating the unique character of the leather.
Originally from New Zealand, Jan has lived on Gabriola for a number of years. She loves to experiment with glazes and various types oif clay. Her work is both contemporary and traditional moving fluidly between different styles and forms.
Working from her home studio on Gabriola Island, she is a visual artist exploring themes of home, heritage, intimacy and distance in painted and printed works on paper. These images draw on personal memory and often combine figures and their spirit animals in imagined contexts of origin.
Hilary grew up in rural Ontario, drawing and painting her way through school. Current fascinations include the beauty of the natural world and the exploration of her inner world through a meditative and intuitive approach to creation. Both aspects have been deeply supported through living on Gabriola where natural inspiration is all around and peace for contemplation is abundantly available. Her most recent work includes oil paintings of local scenes as well as a new experimental abstract series.
Tammy Hudgeon - Wild Spirit Studio
Visual artist Tammy Hudgeon grew up under the wide and endless sky of the Canadian Prairies, a place where the open landscape became deeply rooted in her soul.
Tammy travels widely and finds herself awed and inspired by the traditional and tribal cultures she’s visited and their spirited use of colour, adornment and sacred rituals.
She is widely know for her fused glass sculptures and her paintings.
Many of Tammy’s collectors know her art for her themes of nature, vibrant living colours and exuberant wild spirit.
Laura Handford - Moonshine Studios
Laura's original designs feel powerful and elegant when worn. Her trademark pieces showcase the vibrancy of the gem with simple, potent lines, letting ' the stone peak for itself'. Other intricately worked silver and gold pieces will excite and enrich you to behold and experience. As Laura's creativity is refreshed by the forces of nature, she continues to share with us her special brand of Inspiration
Denise Carson Wilde
Denis prefers to work intuitively from a state of not knowing and free attention. Her greatest inspiration is the visual abstractive essence of nature. Much of her imagery comes out of a direct observation of the aqueous experience of living near the edge of the Salish Sea. Tide pools, shapely floating seaweed and colourful anemones are plentiful and have worked their way into my visual language.
Fran's mixed media sculture work explores human behavior, socialism, and passionate aesthetic outcries on behalf of women…this is the realm she operates in and always has. Her visual forms are filled with a strong narrative, with a want to affect change in attitudes.
Taylor Haigh - The Fox Tarot
Fox on an Island is a small, woman-owned + operated Gulf Island business with a focus on self care + personal magic. Products include The Fox Tarot, The Fox Universe Tarot: A Self Care Oracle, single page lunar calendar, enamel pins, hand-screened patches, pouches + wall hangings, greeting cards, and hand-poured 100% soy wax scented candles.
Elsa Bluethner is an oil painter creating exuberant bold works imbued with life and energy. Elsa's experiences and former career in costuming, garment design, and illustration along with her world explorations and love of the outdoors inspire and inform her imagination as she works from life and memory. Her creative explorations span multiple disciplines and she is know for her plein air, figurative and imaginative abstracts. Elsa has been a professional artist since 2002 and has been living and working on Gabriola Island, BC since 2014.
Thistle by Wendy Stok
Wendy crafts her line of sterling silver and bronze jewellery using traditional silversmithing techniques and tools, combined with a contemporary aesthetic. She continues to explore her craft in the form of eclectic, mixed metal objects. Originally hailing from Montreal, and with a background in woodworking, Gabriola Island has been her home for the last 14 years. Her jewellery can be found in various boutiques in British Columbia and Alberta.
My work is not media specific. I am interested in ideas about the environment both internal and external. I make use of familiar found items that are carefully constructed into objects or installations that discover new narratives about old concerns. Some works pay homage to those who have dared to stand alone; other works are concerned with an affair of the spirit and use water and light. Objects may have a surreal edge that masks a serious engagement.
I moved to Gabriola more than 10 years ago. Before then I lived in the UK and exhibited in mainly in London, and internationally. I have work in public collections and been supported by Arts Council England and Canada Council.
Paige Coull - Blackbird Studio
Paige Coull is the owner and artist behind Black Bird Studios Located on Gabriola Island in her quaint home based studio, Paige creates, designs and teaches everything ceramics. With a background in textile design and photography Paige creates a unique brand of functional pottery.
Abstract minimalistic artwork designed to bring a calming feeling to your home. She lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. Her main mediums are paper, paint and wood. She use these materials in order to create one of a kind artwork inspired by her natural environment.
Transforming salvaged wood into hand-turned vessels with wood-burned drawings. Watercolour prints. Small sculptures. Greeting cards. Creating beauty and magic out of the unexpected, artists Mark Huisman and Claire Frances Muir are the dynamic team behind Marchlight Studio on Gabriola Island, B.C. Mark cuts, shapes, and turns the plates, bowls, and boards. Claire finishes the works of art with free-hand wood-burned drawings.
Nerissa Layton’s favourite quote comes from Banksy. “Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable”. As one who has lived through the extremes of both disturbance and comfort, she is in a unique position to deliver on that promise with her art. Often living in a paracosmic world of her own imagining, her pictures are more like windows into fevered dreams, and cherished reveries. In them, you’ll bear witness to a remarkable soul who sees life both through an innocent, playful child’s eyes, and through the ancient, tortured eyes of one who has, perhaps, experienced too much. Nerissa’s work invariably elicits an immediate, visceral reaction—even a double take… but, as Nerissa is so fond of saying, “anything less is wallpaper”.
Vicky Bowes - Springtide Creations
Vicky's illustrations reflect her love of nature and she's always at her happiest when painting whales. She likes to make creations that are fresh and fun and full of life - just like the spring tides here in the Pacific northwest. Nature is her inspiration and a splash of whimsy never goes amiss.
Brendalee Astells - Silver Bee Studio
I’ve been a creative soul for as long as I can remember, always looking for ways to express myself. In 2014 we moved to Gabriola and I found new inspiration in the island’s natural beauty. As a tribute to my surroundings I created several collections of jewellery meant to capture and reflect the essence of Gabriola’s unique character. There is such joy in creation in whatever form it takes.