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local artists on vancouver island

Village Gallery Artists

Noted for his unique interpretive style and bold use of color, Barry’s paintings of coastal scenery reflect his passion for life and the sea.

Using a fine long haired brush called a rigger and acrylic paint Barry often defines and outlines unique abstract shapes and color hues in his work to create very interesting and special effects. His work has been collected in over 120 countries around the world and in every state of the USA. Barry was born in Victoria BC Canada and has lived near the ocean throughout his life. He currently works from his home-studio on Piers Island near Victoria, and in Mexico.

Linda began drawing at an early age, tutored by her father who was an artist and architect and encouraged her throughout her youth.  In her early teens she expanded her drawing and took up painting seriously, with both watercolor and oils. 


Linda has been a Victoria, British Columbia, resident since 1957. She has now turned her full attention to fine art following her love of West Coast images. As a result, Linda’s realistic style led to work in illustration, logos, magazine covers, feature articles, and several books at an international level.

Influenced by nature and design, Sandra is known for her calm landscapes, wildlife and portraiture. The titles for Sandra’s paintings are insightful or humorous.  It is her keen desire to share that keeps her at the easel painting in the universal visual language of realism.


Drawing and painting since a child growing up in Northern Alberta, Sandra went to the University of Alberta where she obtained her Bachelor of Education with a Major in Art. In 1999 Sandra moved to Nanaimo where she resides at this time.

My paintings are reflective of my love of the outdoors, agriculture and rural communities. The more I paint the more my work moves towards abstracted impressions of my subjects. My collectors tell me that they share the joy I experience in interpreting the Canadian Landscape.


I retired as Professor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Guelph,  in 2001 and relocated from Ontario, with my wife Cathy, to Comox B.C., on Vancouver. Island.

For the past 10 years Fred has practiced the art of mold making and casting in bronze, wax, cold cast polymers and concrete. This has progressed to producing several works in bronze.Fred lives and works in Victoria BC where he is President of the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild. His original journey in art began as a sculptor in the sand.


Having competed for many years in sand sculpting competitions, he began sculpting as a professional sand sculptor in 1991 working full time for over 15 years. He continues working with sand to this day balancing both passions as a fine artist successful in creating unique and imaginative artworks in both realms.

Nathan is one of those people who doesn't realize there's anything he can't do. When he sees something he's interested in, he reads widely, thinks deeply and seeks to master it.  I don't think there is anything he can't do once he puts his mind to it. He has had an incredibly varied life where he has picked up all sorts of knowledge and skills. 


Most of Nathan's sculptures reflect his love for people, young and old, interacting with their particular situations and surroundings. Nathan's most well-know pieces are of Terry Fox (Mile 0) in Victoria, BC,  'The Homecoming', which is a sculpture commemorating the 100th Anniversary for the Canadian Navy and displayed downtown Victoria, and the bench people in Sidney, BC.

Walter's diverse talents include: portraiture, murals, stone carving, acrylic & painting. Many of his sculptures and paintings reside in homes and offices worldwide.


His contemporary airbrush portraits and stunningly detailed pencils of wildlife and west coat scenery are displayed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.  Since year 2000 Walt has been committed to carving often creating in stone: from Brazilian Soapstone, Wonderstone, and Alabaster.  His paintings and carvings depicts  his West Coast surroundings and subject matter. A truly talented individual.

Kathy was born in Kimberly B.C. and has lived in a variety of places before finally settling in Victoria. She spent much of her childhood exploring the pristine forests, marshes and lakes near Prince George and the interior of B.C.  It was her naturalist father that instilled a deep love and appreciation of birds and nature.


"My artwork reveals my passion for anything vintage and seeing beauty in “old” as well as delighting in the fine detail and artistry in nature. I am drawn to the rich colour and delicate markings that occur through time on paper and ephemera and often use these treasured pieces as the foundations of my paintings."

Elissa began her journey in Toronto and studied Graphic Art at George Brown College in Ontario. She further explored her career in Birmingham, England and exhibited her art in the galleries and museums of Europe.  


Her move to Vancouver Island proved inspirational and she has been painting in oils ever since. One of her students claimed, “we think about art, but Elissa IS art”. Her life has become a whirlwind of creativity ~ oil painting, pottery, jewellery making, and teaching art consume her days.  

Lloyd was born at Rocky Mountain House Alberta. He had a flair for art at an early age, much to the concentration of his teachers. Over the years, he painted murals and was a sign painter, until he settled on his love for oil painting. He drew on his travels across Canada for inspiration, and eventually settled many years ago, here on Vancouver Island where he is well known for his many landscape and seascapes draw from the surrounding natural beauty.


"It doesn’t matter how many years one has painted, for me it is a part of my life which is a calling and a joy.” After many years of painting and teaching, Lloyd is semi retired (old artists never completely retire) and he is still doing both from his home in Parksville.

Judy was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario.  Throughout her life, Judy has been involved in arts in one form or another.  Many enjoyable hours were spent teaching the various crafts Judy so loved. While living in paradise, the beauty of nature is everywhere so many scenes to be painted. 


For me it is very rewarding to know my paintings have touched someone and they are now hanging in their homes. These days Judy can be found with her partner, Lloyd Major, assisting with his art classes, in their Parksville home or garden, where they maintain their studio & gallery

Judy Maxwell  (Parksville)

Born to Victoria, B.C. Keith has been working as a professional artist since 1974. He knew from age 17 that he wanted to be an artist and at 18 he headed east to explore Montreal and Toronto.


There, he discovered the works of American artists such as Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. He also re-discovered the Canadian Group of Seven and Alex Colville. These artists inspired and shaped his natural talents as a painter of realism and so his journey began.

Graham grew up in Calgary surrounded by drawing, painting and boat building. He moved to Vancouver I his early twenties to work around boats and do more sailing but became more interested in painting and West Coast Seascape.  He studied at Emily Carr College of Art and later at the Victoria College of Art.


Graham became fascinated with the bold compositional possibilities of nature and beach rocks focussing on water colour in his early years. His love for boats and painting were combined and so came about his "Dory Boat" series in brave primary colours.  There are nearly 20 giclee reproductions on canvas, all colourful happy artworks to explore.

Ken Foster  (North Saanich)
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Ken Foster has lived and worked on the Saanich Peninsula for 30 years. My roots on Vancouver Island reach back to the 1880s. My artistic style is based on creating a finished product that causes some hesitation in the viewer. I am committed to mood, texture and vividness in my work.


I don't do very much serious people imaging except for occasional photos for friends and family. I find my images in nature, gardens and buildings. Generally I shoot close to home on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island.

I was born in Vancouver, B.C. and raised in rural Surrey before it was paved with freeways and strip malls.  As a child I was always drawing and as a teenager began designing posters.  Inspired by album cover art of the 1960's, I attended the Kootenay School of Art to study graphic design.​ 

"I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and for the past decade have rested on block printing as a flexible means of expression.  It is a process that allows me to work without digital interference, specialized equipment, or even electricity." The Village Gallery is proud to exhibit Gordon's block prints, a contemporary art form rooted in an intriguing traditional process.

Gordon M. Friesen  (Victoria)
Dan Nordin  (Sidney)

My life long interest in marine environments as well as an ever present enjoyment of art, has given me a passionate focus for retirement.  I am a former high-school teacher with a degree in marine biology.  


Other than an arts elective in university  entitled; "The History of Western Art" I have no formal training in this field.  Claudia (my wife) and I enjoy hiking, photography, spending time on our boat, and in the past we did quite a bit of scuba diving. 

Art has always been a very big part of my life. I love to admire other artist's artwork, and I also love to create my own. For the past three decades, I have been capturing the beauty of coastal Canada in my ongoing series of acrylic paintings.


Through the Village Gallery canvas giclee reproductions are also available of favorite past artworks.

Cameron Thurbide  (Victoria)
Jim McFarland (Victoria)

Born and raised in Penticton BC, Jim now lives in Victoria. His art education consisted of courses from the Victoria College of Art, and from other artists. He is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artist.


His paintings are in private and corporate collections in Canada and the USA.  Jim paints his larger works in the studio but very much enjoys painting on site, en plein air, where he can capture the ever changing but real colours and light of the world around him. You may often see him on the beach, a hill side, or a farmer’s field, painting.

Former owner and founder of Tivoli Gallery, Inga brings sweetness from the bird world and warms a small place in our hearts with her charming "Inga Bird" series. 


So colourful and with so much personality, these collectible art blocks attract all ages. Find your spirit bird so to speak and lighten your day, bad hair day among others are sure to impress.

Inga Michel  (Sidney)