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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Dinah Giffin

Dinah Giffin was born in 1954 in Toronto, Ontario.  While she was in elementary, junior and high school her entire focus was art, art.  In 1983 she graduated with Honors from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.  Followinmg graduation, Dinah represented the Fine Art Department for the Helen Pitt award in Vancouver, B.C.

Stuffed Grizzlet

Dinah paints on recycled wood which is salvaged from old buildings, fences or is washed up on local beaches.  The paintings are framed in alder twigs or in Pacific Willow branches.  Pieces of wrecked boats which are washed up on shore and weathered boards present a natural beauty that represents years of history that blend into the ambience of her unique style of painting.

Fish Bench



“My roots are firmly and happily planted on our beautiful island.  There is a great feeling of inspiration from walking the beaches and enjoing the natural beauty of the ocean.  Each piece of wood has its own imperfections, nail holes, scrapes and marks which I include in my paintings.  I hope you enjoy my art.”  Dinah!

Harriet Hiemstra

I have been a studio potter since graduating from Kootenay School of Art, Nelson, BC in 1976.

My Work combines my love of drawing and painting with my passion for clay work.

Blue Hat


My method of hand building using thinly rolled slabs of white earthenware clay, images are carefully drawn and incised, and textures are then rolled and embossed into the wet clay.

Working in short series I use the playful imagery and fabulous textures inspired by art deco and the “Flapper” era to showcase my eccentric imagination.  Each piece is painted with various underglazes and oxides and then fired in an electric kiln several times to develop the rich detail.

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