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Yearly Archives: 2011

Patty Patching

Patty Patching moved to this area from the prairies to do her Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Victoria.   Afterwards she continued her study of Art by becoming a Registered Art Therapist.   She paints because it feels good!  In this series of paintings Patty took her inspiration from the flow of life so visible on the West Coast…the ebb and flood of tides, lush vegetation, and the thirst quenching rainfalls.

“Moments to Rest” medium Gouache $325.00 CAD






“Summer Spray” medium Gouache $200.00 CAD


Being true and present to the muse of the moment, her work celebrates the spontaneity and abundance of nature.   She paints with intuition, like a bird builds a nest, one stroke fitting into another until it feels just right!

“Spiral Dance” medium Gouache $200.00 CAD

Carollyne Yardley

Raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Carollyne Yardley completed two years in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and is a graduate of the University of Victoria, where she completed a double major in Psychology and History in Art. Most recently, she has taken art classes at the Victoria College of Art and studied with Tony Ryder at The Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Tropical Girl Squirrel & Gnome” Oil on Canvas $1,800.00 CAD


Since 1997, she has been the founder, business owner and creative director of a software application & web development company which provided her with a strong foundation in the visual communications industry.

“I view art and design as a process of thinking, creating, problem-solving, and communicating,” says Carollyne.

She cites a wide, ecclectic range of influences that inspire her work—not just Dali, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Pop Surrealism, Raphael, Ingres and Norman Rockwell, but also Lucille Ball, Elaine from Seinfeld, Wonder Woman, Elvis Presley, and helicopter rides.

In September 2010, Carollyne launched her new business as a visual artist, and began to remove the mask of technology to emerge as her true self, standing with her hands on her hips, yelling and laughing at the squirrels in her yard.

She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband.

Morel Mushrooms in Our Kitchen

Our Chef,  Robin Jackson is sharing some excitement about great wild , fresh ingredients he gets to work with.

Sharon Bussard Grove Pottery

Sharon Bussard Grove was born in Lethbridge, Alberta.  Her first experience with clay was ingrained as a child diligently playing in her Grandmothers studio.  Mid life she returned to her passion for clay while residing in Tsawwassen.  In 1994 She became an active member of the pottery community with the Delta Potters Association and began her career as a fulltime potter.  Two thousand and three marked a transition period, after moving to Sooke she spent the following four winters away at school, first at in Ontario at Sheridan College of Art and Design then completing her BFA majoring in Ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design.  As a ceramic artist she views her practice as a journey, thankfully one that will never stop being a learning process and filled with challenges. 


Her inspiration comes from life, often imbued with the textures, forms and colors of the landscape that surrounds her.  As her body of work has progressed decorative and design elements have become more abstract and ephemeral creating the spiritual essence of an idea, image or feeling.

Bussard Grove’s studio is tucked away in the Sooke hills at the edge of the forest overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca.  “How can I not be inspired living and working here”

Sharon’s work has been shown internationally and is a part of the permanent ceramics collection at the ceramic Arts Museum in  Jingdezhen, Sanbao, China.





Marilyn Peeters

Marilyn is an expressionist painter working and residing in the Comox Valley, British Columbia. Art has been a strong passion for her from a very young age. In the 70’s, she majored in Fine Art in high school with the dream to further her art studies, but life chose a different path for her at the time.

“Centre Piece” original acrylic on canvas – $1,295.00 CAD



“Cedar Rest” Original acrylic on canvas – $1,595.00 CAD

Her and her husband moved to the Comox Valley in the early 80’s. Yet, she continued to put her art dream on hold to start a family. When their children reached elementary age, Marilyn extended her knowledge in art working as a versatile artist throughout the Comox Valley. She volunteered with a theatre group where she gained extensive experience as a set designer and painter. With this experience, she was offered many mural jobs from the downtown Courtenay and Campbell River BC merchants. Soon after, she decided to complete her studies of Fine Art with North Island College and Emily Carr University and completed her BFA in 2009.

“Standing Tall” original acrylic on canvas – $1,595.00 CAD

Today her art reflects on the environment with her passion of nature in her non-traditional landscapes with paint. She explores a sensorial perception of the forest through her painting process. The qualities of the landscape elevate her imagination and positive energy becomes the driving force in the creation of her work. Each painting refers to a particular place in nature, yet they are unidentifiable taken from its specific location. She paints with bold, vivid colour that allows a luminosity to vibrate and each piece has a strong sense of light. Working in a large-scale format allows her to work with a loose, gestural brushstroke.

Marilyn has exhibited her work on canvas in Courtenay at the, Comox Airport, St Joseph’s Hospital, Grottos Restaurant, Muir Gallery, and the Comox Valley Art Gallery, she has also exhibited in Dubai commercial galleries, Victoria and Nanaimo, and private collections.

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