Abbotsford Today is pleased to occasionally provide a small sampling of some of the Artists of Abbotsford. Please support our local Arts Community as it represents some of the best of what we are leaving for future generations.
Elaine Chatwin received First in Show for her mixed media work, “Dreamscape Journey”. Elaine began painting in watercolours.
Now she enjoys exploring mixed media through a combination of paper, canvas, watercolour, gouache, and acrylics.
Symbolism is always present in her abstract work. An underlying spiritual connection is often the inspiration for her paintings, whether they are realistic or abstract.
Gwen finds that painting enhances her awareness of the world around her and enables her to see beauty in everyday things. Floral paintings are her favourite subjects but she also enjoys painting landscapes, animals, and buildings.
Gwen enjoys the challenge of recreating a memorable scene, a special moment or the beauty of a flower.
Colour is the magnet that draws Betty.
Whenever she sees bright flowers, colourful landscapes, or rich fabric textures, she is inspired to pick up her brush.
Animal fur, bird‚ feathers, dawn‚ soft light, reflections on water or highlights on snow – these are some of the sights that drive Betty to try to capture the rich tapestries of colour before her.
Becky enjoys Oriental Brush Painting which encourages her to capture the moment, see beyond the details, and find the essential elements of her subject.
Primarily self-taught in Oriental Brush Painting, she focuses on nature, from the tiny hidden creatures to the grandeur of the mountains.
Ellen’s work has been strongly influenced by her traveling experiences in Asia and Europe. “My work has always been my quiet refuge from the trials and tribulations of life.
When I’m surrounded by nature and I apply brush or pencil to paper, I lose myself in the world of the elements and principles of design and find a world of tranquility and peace.”
Joyce Trygg is showing her acrylic painting, “The Woodpile” which illustrates her distinctive style of vibrant realism.
Her detailed drawings and rich colours infuse her subjects with life.
For more information on the Federation of Canadian Artists go to www.fraservalleyartists.com
All Photos By Arts Editor Doreen Jung