Lisa studied Classical Animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario graduating in 1982 and then attending George Brown College achieving a certificate in Commercial Art in 1983. Lisa has always been passionate about creating. She has taken the best of her schooling and has incorporated it into her fine art practice. She has been the Artist in Residence at the Salmon Arm Arts Centre for the past ten years where she operates Lisa Figueroa Studio/Gallery in the lower level of the building.
Lisa paints to capture the fleeting magic of what light, mood, weather and seasons can do to a landscape or any of the flora or fauna that lives there. When she looks at a scene that overwhelms her with its beauty or when she conjures bits and pieces of many things she’s seen and felt before and brings it together on canvas as a reality; this is when Lisa feels fully engaged in creativity and life. To paint what she sees and how it makes her feel, to give praise to the natural environment by enhancing the spectacular attributes of “nature made” is what she does. Lisa paints to give praise and to draw attention to the fragility, beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Tracey studied painting and film-making while obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Lethbridge, Alberta. She studied under noted Canadian artists such as Janet Cardiff and Jeffrey Spalding. Once married to her sculptor husband, they moved to the Shuswap in the lush British Columbia interior in 1995. Currently residing in Salmon Arm, BC, Tracey is the Director/Curator of Salmon Arm Art Gallery and Arts Centre.
Tracey portrays visually the mysterious notion that many Shuswapians feel, the inexplicable draw to this quirky, isolated part of BC. The sapphire lake, the velvet mountains, the dense forests and the lively towns and cabins all become subjects for paintings. Her saturated colour palette has developed since her move to the Shuswap, representing ripe fruit and abundant food supplies. Tracey has also become known for her personalized paintings of beloved homes, cabins and viewpoints on commission.
Linda has lived below the iconic aspect of Mt. Ida almost all her life. She painted at an early age, attending the Chelsea School of Art in London, England, before attending the London College of Furniture, where she studied Interior Design. She was self-employed for many years as an architectural designer, designing many homes all around the Shuswap. She continued her Fine Arts education at UBCO and is currently attending Thompson Rivers University for art courses. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Shuswap Immigrant Services Society.
Using acrylic or oils, Linda paints on canvas in order to explore aspects of life in the Shuswap. Her peaceful landscapes recall an idealized earlier era, in which our footprints left minimal reminders of our presence here. Contemporary local life includes cultural issues of interest to her and therefore some aspects of her current work reflect her concern about local water quality and her interest in supporting the recent immigration of refugees to this community.
Wendy is a mixed media artist who is constantly experimenting with new mediums and techniques. She was born in Ireland and raised in Salmon Arm, BC, going on to study fine arts at Okanagan University College in Kelowna. Wendy is largely self taught following this education and has been working on her craft for over two decades, experimenting and finding new techniques to speak through. She has had shows in galleries and art festivals across British Columbia.
After many years of work with paint and fibre mediums, Wendy began experimenting with collage, creating unique images bursting with colour. Wendy combines collage, photography and paint, often cutting up, ripping and re-collaging images many times to create the final piece. Her work is focused on representations of the inner and emotional self, which has at times led to self portraits in the extreme. Wendy achieved a reputation for an artistic style that combines color, design, and self imagery.
Frieda came from Vancouver Island to Salmon Arm in 1982. She is a self-taught artist and has shown in galleries all around the Okanagan and BC. She is an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Frieda’s media are pen & ink, pencil and watercolour, and often a combination of them all. Several years ago, she discovered a process where she can adhere and wrap her works on watercolour paper to a framed canvas or cradled wood panel and protect the surface with acrylic or cold wax medium, eliminating the need for protective glass, matting and frames. Frieda believes her purpose is to “illustrate life” and enjoys a wide variety of subjects.
Janice is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Shuswap Life Drawing Group and the Shuswap Sketch Club. Janice participated in Virtual Art Academy, a 3-year program with Barry Raybold. She credits her many workshop leaders for helping her develop a lively style, namely Robert Genn, Suzanne Northcott, Gaye Adams and Rick McDiarmid.
Janice works in acrylic while painting indoors and oil on her many plein air excursions. An avid outdoor painter year round, the experience of her inspiration is found in wide open spaces and in the beauty of British Columbia - there is no end to the variety of nature that is the focus of her landscape works.
Patricia studied visual arts in Kelowna’s Okanagan University College, then double majored in relief printmaking and painting at Vancouver’s UBC, earning a Bachelor of Education in 1987. She is an Active Member of the Canadian Federation of Artists.
Due to her training and commitment to life-long learning, Patti is well versed in many 2D and 3D media. Her style and subject matter change, ranging from high realism through to varying degrees of abstraction, from life drawing and portraiture to landscape, still life and ‘floralscapes’. Patti seeks the ‘spark’ whether it is in the workshops she takes, facilitates, or teaches. “The ‘spark’” she explains, “is human contact. I love the supportive buzz of being with others while creating or even discussing art.” She considers herself fortunate to live in the beautiful and culturally rich Shuswap area, where the opportunity to network with other artists abounds.
Janet Aitken is best known for her landscapes in watercolour, acrylic, guache and casein and their combinations, and for her use of colour.
Janet's love of the outdoors is evident in her paintings. Her kayaking, sailing, hiking and world travels provide a rich array of subject matter. At home she likes to paint scenes from around the Shuswap. These scenes include beaver ponds, local trails, snow shadows, forests, summer evenings on Shuswap Lake, and light on the nearby mountain forms.
Janet likes to experiment with colours, techniques and mediums and has attended numerous workshops to further develop her skills. Stephen Quiller, internationally known watercolorist, has had a strong influence on Janet's work and her use of colour.
Janet hopes that her artwork will help promote the preservation of the natural environment.
Gwen Martinuk has lived and worked in the beautiful Shuswap for many years. Retirement has allowed more time and energy to focus on her love of natural textiles. Gwen was self taught to learn the basics in silk painting and felting. Over time she acquired additional technical skills through participation in a variety of textile workshops held throughout Western Canada. These opportunities, shared by the generosity of master fibre/felter artists from many different countries, opened the doors to new creative avenues.
Wearable art, sculptural pieces, wall hangings and eco printing reflect an ongoing journey of discovery and exploration of natural protein and cellulose fibres. In this modern world filled with simulated and environmentally destructive fibres at every level of human existence, it is spiritually healing and emotionally grounding, as well as challenging to work only with that which nature herself has created via silk cocoons, sheep, goats, alpaca, and plants. Each fibre source has its’ own character and energy.