Glen Henderson is a Port Alberni wildlife wood carver and stone sculptor. Born in 1961 and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, he learned to appreciate nature while growing up surrounded by the beauty of the Precambrian Shield. His father is credited with teaching him patience and taking great pride in workmanship. These two traits are apparent when studying one of Glen’s carvings or sculptures.
Glen’s pieces reflect his love of wildlife; creating three dimensional, free form pieces designed to capture the animals at a specific moment in time. Attention to detail is evident in his work. His inspiration comes from nature itself, whether it’s a crab on the beach or a trout in a stream.
Exotic hardwoods from around the world, in addition to some local species, are transformed into creatures showcasing natural wood grains and colours. Stone sculptures are created from soapstone, alabaster, and other interesting rock such as locally sourced granite and talc.
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.
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.
“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!
John was born in Masset on haida Gwaii of Haida origin. He is the grandson of “Captain Andrew Brown” well known Argillite Carver from the Islands. About 10 years ago he started working with wood and continues to do so at his home in Sooke, B.C. where he now resides.
The Brentwood Box
The side of a single piece of Red Cedar which has been kerfed in three places, then steamed and bent into the box shape. When dry, the kerfs are glued and the join is drilled and pegged. The bottom is carefully fitted then glued, drilled and pegged.