Soleil Mannion was born in the Netherlands, but spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, B.C. She moved to London England in 1991 to study theatre and costume design. She traveled extensively through out Europe, living in Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands. Soleil worked and
taught acting and costume designing in England for many years before moving to Vancouver Island where she took art classes at Malaspina. Painting and mixed media is now her full-time passion; she works from her studio in Cowichan Bay.
I make art because it is the most effective way for me to express myself passionately. It combines my love of nature and human nature. It can be as simple or as complex as I choose. Art opens up and expresses the flow of human consciousness in a way that I find exiting and personal. My compositions start with a sense of movement; gesture and colour form the next layer. I then use a more structured approach to complete the piece. The intention of my art is to touch the heart and mind of the viewer and to inspire a reverence for nature.