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Meet the Artists

Meet this year’s 29 participating artists! Find out what they’re inspired by, and what location to visit to meet them!

Bev Ellis

Medium: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Jewelry
Location: Semiahmoo Arts
Whether it be printmaking, metalsmithing, drawing, or experimenting with mixed media, Bev loves to work with her hands to create art fueled by nature and raw beauty. Bev often creates sculptures and 2D art of burnt-out trees with layers of peeling bark to symbolize the imperfections of humanity. She intends to make her art spark conversations and make a positive difference in the world.

Deborah Strong

Medium: Coloured Pencil, Silk Paintings
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio
Deborah holds a Fine Arts diploma and is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her silk paintings and coloured pencil drawings have been exhibited extensively in the Lower Mainland and beyond. After many years based in Langley, she recently moved her home and art practice to Surrey. Often using a camera to capture a special instant of time, Deborah takes what she gathers from her surroundings and transforms them into highly detailed and realistic paintings of wildlife and nature.

Diane Galo

Medium: Textile, Paverpol
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio
From herons to statues of ladies reading, Diane is an expert when it comes to crafting works of art with the use of Paverpol. Its versatility, resistance to weather, and ability to be environmentally friendly by incorporating recycled T-shirts and other materials allows Diane to explore a world of creativity and expression portraying the beauty of everyday life. With over seven years of expressing her love of Paverpol, Diane hopes her work will inspire others to create amazing pieces of art, as well.

Jim Hatch

Medium: Digital Media
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio
With an eye for photography and graphic design, Jim uses digital painting as a mode of creativity and engagement to illustrate his fascination for everyday landscapes and modern culture. Through the use of Photoshop, he portrays a variety of subjects such as cityscapes, First Nations culture, and wildlife.

Mary Stevenson

Medium: Textile, Fibre
Location: Semiahmoo Arts
When it comes to fibre and textiles, Mary has done it all. She moved to Ontario to design a clothing line of natural fibres under her label ‘Island Comforts,’ which soon developed into a cottage industry that employed several seamstresses and opened several retail outlets in Ontario. However, Mary left this stressful endeavour behind to later pursue her passion for creating art with textiles. Through the use of merino fleece and acrylic paint, Mary illustrates vivid portraits of beautiful sceneries and tranquil nature.

Nancy Wright

Medium: Watercolour, Acrylic Painting
Location: Newton
Whether it is her backyard garden or the mountain sceneries she glimpses from her travels, Nancy takes photographs of nature to fuel her imagination. Having been painting since she was 14-years-old, Nancy enjoys the way paint blends and adapts, allowing for an endless possibility of styles and treatments. After accomplishing a two-year Visual Arts program at Camosun College in Victoria, Nancy has been pursuing art as a career ever since.

Nicci Battilana
Medium: Mixed Media
Location: Semiahmoo Arts
Having discovered her deep passion for the arts in elementary school, Nicci not only showcases her skills in acrylic painting, clay sculpture, and 2D animation in various events, but is also a teacher of the arts. Sharing her gift to the world, she teaches visual arts classes to youth through the School District, as well as the South Surrey Recreation Centre. She enjoys acrylic the most for its faster drying time and how it is reminiscent of her earlier work with clothing.

Robert Gary Parkes

Medium: Blown Glass
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio
Operating the only glassblowing studio in the city of Surrey, Robert has 25 years under his belt when it comes to manipulating molten glass. Many of his works reflect nature and are often influenced by a combination of colours, patterns and shapes. Rarely does Robert sit down to sketch out the form of a particular piece, as he loves to experiment with glasswork spontaneously. He hopes his creations will evoke the beauty and versatility of the art of glassblowing, and to inspire others to take on the artform.

Sandy Dimond

Medium: Mixed Mediums
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio
For Sandy, quitting is not an option when it comes to artmaking. Despite her struggles with visual impairment, Sandy devotes a lot of time sketching natural subjects such as flowers, leaves and trees, eventually developing her skills in drawing with perspective and depth. Sandy believes that if her paintings are able to bring pleasant memories, a moment of relaxation, an insight into some part of the viewer’s life, then her mission as an artist has been fulfilled.

Sherron Fairbairn

Medium: Acrylic and Photography
Location: Semiahmoo Arts
Inspired by the amazing colour and artistry of Walt Disney Classics, Sherron has been in love with drawing for as long as she could remember. Springing from her first lesson in oil painting at age 10, Sandy continued to experiment with mediums like watercolour and photography in her college years, and then began her path in charcoal in her thirties. Recently, she has transitioned into acrylic paint and continues to enjoy her passion and freedom in fine arts.

Studio Seventy Three

Medium: Fused Glass
Location: Studio Seventy Three
A collective of artists that specializes in creating both decorative and functional glassware and wearable art through the use of molding and fusing techniques. The studio, run by Community Living Society (CLS), proudly displays and sells the work of artists, helping foster self-confidence, social development, and artist community spirit.

Tejpal Singh

Medium: Oil, Acrylics and Graphite
Location: TSM Studio
Tejpal’s works have gained international exposure in countries such as Australia, Canada, India, UK and USA. With his blending of modern and traditional art, Tejpal uses acrylics, oil, charcoal, graphite, and digital media to explore themes of love, suffering, beauty, diversity, and trauma. He finds inspiration from daily life and historical events.

Wendy Mould

Medium: Graphite, Watercolour
Location: Art by Wendy Studio
An illustrator of wildlife and nature, Wendy loves to capture special moments inspired by her surroundings. Often exploring the wild by spending a few days camping, or hiking around mountains, or taking her kayak out for a ride down the river, Wendy takes in all the details of nature to create portraits of birds, trees, seascapes, fishes, and her pet dog, Max. Wendy also draws inspiration from Canadian artists such as Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, and Robert Bateman, embracing their appreciation for nature and Canadian culture.

All participating artists

Alyson Thorpe
Inspired by the beauty and fragility of nature, Alyson Thorpe is passionate about painting watercolour florals.
Medium: Watercolour
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Amy Lee
Amy Lee creates unique jewellery, pottery and home décor through the use of ceramics.
Medium: Clay, Acrylic and Watercolour
Location: Newton

Audrey Bakewell
Audrey Bakewell has a passion for portraying nature on paper and canvas.
Medium: Watercolour, Acrylic
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Bette Hurd
Fascinated by rich and intense colours, Bette Hurd’s landscape and portrait paintings depict flowers and rural scenery.
Medium: Acrylic, Oil
Location: Newton

Bev Ellis
Fueled by nature, Bev Ellis’ works all contain a common thread of radian imperfection, embracing the raw and flawed nature of her chosen medium.
Medium: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Jewelry
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Chrystal Johnson
Chrystal Johnson is a drawer, painter and carver who has recently added clay to her list of expertise.
Medium: Clay
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Deborah Strong
Fur or feathers, hooves or paws, from her own four-legged companions to elusive wild creatures, animals and birds are the subject of Deborah’s work.
Medium: Coloured Pencil, Silk Paintings
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio

Diane Galo
Working with Paverpol for about seven years now, Diane’s passion lies in teaching others that art is all about self-expression.
Medium: Textile, Paverpol
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio

Gail Biddle
Through drawing and painting, Gail Biddle captures the beauty of wildlife and nature.
Medium: Acrylic
Location: Newton

Jarnail Singh
Jarnail Singh shares Punjab historical events and traditions with over 40 years in the field of art, illustration, photography and art journalism.
Medium: Mixed Media
Location: Newton

Jenny Lewis
Jenny Lewis uses oil paint, watercolour and acrylic ink to portray BC’s history and Aboriginal heritage.
Medium: Acrylic Ink
Location: Fleetwood Community Centre

Jim Hatch
As a visual artist with a creative imagination, Jim uses his camera as his brush to create stunning pieces.
Medium: Digital Media
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio

Karen Kroeker
Karen Kroeker creates evocative landscapes through her dexterity in fibre arts.
Medium: Fibre Arts
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Lesley Tannen
Primarily using pastels to create her paintings, Lesley Tannen also dabbles with acrylic, oils and photography.
Medium: Pastel, Mixed Media
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Linda Morris
Linda Morris creates vibrant and colourful oil paintings of landscapes, still life and animals.
Medium: Oil
Location: Fleetwood Community Centre

Marilyn Kelm
Marilyn Kelm conveys reflections of memory and emotion through her paintings and figurines.
Medium: Mixed Acrylic, Oil
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Mary Mikelson
Mary Mikelson uses mixed mediums, wood sculpture, glass and paint to share her ideas.
Medium: Mixed Media, Pottery, Painting, Wood Sculptures, Glass
Location: Mind and Matter Studio

Mary Stevenson
Mary’s stunning use of colour and technique draw the eye into her work.
Medium: Textile, Fibre
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Nancy Wright
Nancy’s inspiration comes from her deep-rooted love of nature, stemming from her childhood, and she finds beauty in both its simplicity and complexity.
Medium: Watercolour, Acrylic Painting
Location: Newton

Nicci Battilana
Creating colourful and playful portraits, Nicci has a diverse education background in a variety of mediums including clay sculpture, 2D animation, and acrylic painting.
Medium: Mixed Media
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Parminder Singh
Baroque artist and Impressionist Parminder Singh creates award-winning portrait, figurative and landscape paintings.
Medium: Acrylic
Location: Newton

Robert Gary Parkes
Creating stunning and one-of-a-kind pieces, Robert Gary Parkes has been sharing his gift of manipulating molten glass for over 25 years.
Medium: Blown Glass
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio

Sandy Dimond
Working almost exclusively from photographic references, Sandy works with several mediums on canvas and paper.
Medium: Mixed Media
Location: Loafing Shed Glass Studio

Sarah Power
Sarah Power loves to use her day-to-day life to fuel her works of watercolour and ink illustrations, as well as graphic design.
Medium: Watercolour, Ink, Soft Pastels, Digital Media
Location: Fleetwood Community Centre

Sherron Fairbairn
Sherron’s love of colour and expressive flair are the key to the spirit of her art pieces.
Medium: Acrylic and Photography
Location: Semiahmoo Arts

Studio Seventy Three
Medium: Fused Glass
Location: Studio Seventy Three

Tejpal Singh
Tejpal Singh Mann does traditional and modern paintings in acrylics, oil and graphite media.
Medium: Oil, Acrylics and Graphite
Location: TSM Studio

Vladimira Fillion-Wackenreuther
Vladimira Fillion-Wackenreuther loves to create works of art through needlepoint, sewing, embroidery, quilting and patchwork.
Medium: Tapestry
Location: Newton

Wendy Mould
As a wildlife artist, instructor, and presenter, Wendy’s works are inspired by her surroundings.
Medium: Graphite, Watercolour
Location: Art by Wendy Studio