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Marilyn Stubbs Cooney AFCA

Before moving to British Columbia, Cooney resided in Ontario, where her first experiences were as an art and music teacher. Cooney’s skills were applied as a graphic artist employed in the greeting and decorating industry. Shealso freelanced as a graphic artist for a company in Quebec and a company in Belgium where her work is available in Europe, Asia and North America. Cooney later opened a successful studio/gallery which was ongoing until her move west. As an artist, Cooney incorporates her graphic skill to produce meticulously explicit watercolours showing the viewer a microscopic intimacy with natural form.

“Holding On” dye on silk on canvas $780.00






Maureen Walker AFCA

I am excited by exploring beyond the established boundaries of traditional silk painting techniques and researching the possiblities of this challenging medium.  My innovative use of silk and dye on canvas is leading me to experiment with multi-layered paintings whose subtle interaction of colours, harmony of volumes, planes and lines generates work which are abstract statements existing on their own terms, but outside the confines of prescribed limites.

“Head 2 Head x 20” dye on silk on canvas $2,150.00


“The Egg, The Nest And The Bird With Lemons” dye on silk on canvas $674.00


Maureen Walker is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a former president of the Arrowsmith Chapter FCA, a member of the Nanaimo Chapter FCA and of the International Society of Experimental Artists.


“Rose Continuum VIII” dye on silk $2,510.00

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.

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.

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.

Deborah Czernecky

Deborah is a Vancouver Island born British Columbian. At 18 she decided to see the world and joined the Canadian Forces to pursue this journey. During her 20 years with the military, Deborah traveled extensively across Canada, from West to East, North to South, and to including various parts of Europe. The diverse scenery she encountered in her travels inspired her to become a full time painter. In 1992, having decided to give her all her time to painting, Deborah retired from the Forces, went to art school and became a full time artist.

“Single Red” $900.00 CAD


“Red B” $600.00 CAD

Formal Education –
1997 & 1998 – Ottawa University – Fine Arts
1995 & 1996 – Mission Renaissance School – Old Masters’ Techniques
1992 to 1994 – Fine Arts Diploma, St Lawrence College – Graduated with Distinction

Independent Studies
2000 – University of New Brunswick – Art Educator
1988 & 1989 – Winnipeg Art Gallery – various art courses


Deborah has also been on staff as an Art Instructor at Orleans Visual Art Centre, Art Study Giverny France, Ottawa Continuing Education, Coast Collective Art Centre Victoria.

Memberships –

Coast Collective Art Centre – Vice President
Colwood Art Network – Board Director
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts – Board Member
Ottawa Art Association – President 2004-2006
Ottawa Art Festival – Board Member, 2003-2005
Ottawa Tulip Festival – Art co-chairperson, 2004-05

Isa Sevrain

I’m from a small place called Berson near Bordeaux in west south France. My childhood was infused with the culture of a traditional French village, gossip and old stones, accordion “flonflon” and Strauss waltzes without forgetting August carnival.

My parents ran a small trade business and when I was 5 they also took over my grandfather’s vineyard. So, all together, from farming to trading, I developed the skills of perseverance, resourcefulness, quality craftmanship, and communication. At age 9 a woman painter client of my father gave me the most beautiful book I had ever seen, an illustrated Chinese story-book. I think it was the main inspiration of my childhood, an encouragement to believe in the power of expressing my heart.

A classical French education in boarding school introduced me to rebellion, rock’n roll, cinema and classical dance. In 1982 I found myself in the “big” city of Bordeaux. I started to go to the mime school of Philippe Bizot. For the next 5 years I worked with different theater companies and I took jazz and African dance classes. There I also opened up to Arabic culture and all together to a multicultural life. I added travel to my insatiable curiosity to meet more and more people. In 1987 I was working in Switzerland, saving to go live in the Caribbean for a while. With a last minute turn of thought, after meeting some Quebecquois, I bought a ticket for Montréal. When I arrived in December, I questioned my sanity. But I know now, it was meant to be. In retrospect, I feel that moving to Canada has been one of the best thing that has happened to me. From there I kept travelling back and forth to France via Caribbean. After a first trip in 1988 in the Okanagan, I swore that I would come back to western Canada. In 1990, I did and a new part of my life started.

“E330” Food Colouring $4,400.00 CAD

“Candlelite” In Bread Delight $4,400.00 CAD

For a couple of years I traveled more still between the Gulf islands and the Yukon. In 1992 I stopped in Nanaimo and I went to Malaspina College. I took some courses in their fine art program with Ian Garriock and Iris Church, I also attended an E.S.L program to improve my English. From then on I kept taking courses with different artists, including, Tony Onley in watercolour, Heather Spears in life drawing, Carole Ray in lino cut, and ceramic with Ian Nattras and Deb Taylor. I also kept going to life drawing classes which is my favorite way of learning.

Delphine, my baby girl, was born in 1995. From 1996 to 97 I participated in many group exhibitions on the island. In 1998, I had a solo show called “peephole” at the Parksville Art Council. At that time I also decided to give a try at craft, mostly to justify my craving for doing art. So for the next 5 or 6 years I tried to sell art in craft shows and markets. The good thing about this it is that I met with many good people. Finally, in 2003, I won the first prize award at the Sooke Fine Art Show and, around this time, I also became very ill and my family fell apart. These combined events made me determined to pursue my dream.

Today the focus of my art work is in ceramic, but I also work in acrylic paint, ink, collage, etc. My approach to everything I create artistically is through dance: when I draw I dance with line; when I paint I dance in colour; and when I work the clay, I dance with its mass. Movement fascinates me because it becomes an expression. And I plan to keep on dancing.

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Linda Walton

Linda Walton received her post secondary educations in painting and ceramics at the Berkshire college of Art and at Leicester University in England.  She lived and worked in Jamaica before immigrating to British Columbia in the 70s where she taught ceramics, drawing and design in the Fine Arts Department at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.  She moved to Vancouver Island in 2005.

Fish Teapot $275.00 CAD

Linda’s work has been exhibited in Chicago, San Francisco and Sydney Australia as well as in several places in Canada.  It is in the hands of both public and private collectors in those countries and in Japan.  She lives in Black Creek, on the Oyster River where she works in ceramics, and multi media.

Gary Nylander

Gary was born and raised on Vancouver Island and began his interest in photography at 15 years of age and started as a photographer soon after graduating in 1976 from high school at the weekly newspaper, the Goldstream Gazette on Vancouver Island, from there he moved to Ontario where he worked for The Brampton Daily Times for 4 1/2 years.

"Botanical Beach" $475.00 CAD

“Botanical Beach” $475.00 CAD


“Near Sooke” $475.00 CAD

Missing the quiet environment and scenery of British Columbia Gary returned to B.C. after being hired at the Kelowna Daily Courier in October of 1983 where he is currently employed. During the past 25 years as a photojournalist Gary has received numerous awards and special recognitions which include 7 picture of the month awards and the 2003 news picture of the year  from Canadian Press , his work is also in the collection of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

Gary’ work also includes a body of black and white  landscape images and other subjects  from around Western Canada, the images are made with a traditional large format cameras  but scanned and printed using the latest injet printer technology. His work has been the subject of various one-man and group exhibits  and is currently showing at the Art Ark Gallery in Kelowna, B.C., and  Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island.

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