From Light to Layers: Olivia Burrage Reveals Her Best Advice


From Light to Layers: Olivia Burrage Reveals Her Best Advice


Who are you and what do you do?

Olivia Burrage, I am an Artist.


Why Art?

It’s in my soul. I feel like I was born to be creative.


Olivia Barrage

Olivia Burrage

Simply Playing by Olivia Burrage

Simply Playing

The best piece of advice I’ve been given:

When I was in high school, an art teacher told me that I had a natural talent,

and that I should never let anyone tell me what artistic direction to take.

His final advice was to keep following my heart, and my best creations will



Portrait of Kavna by Olivia Burrage

Portrait of Kavna

Raffi, Mo and Domino by Olivia Burrage

Raffi, Mo and Domino Framed

What is an artistic outlook on life:


Finding the beauty in life, and taking the time to look for the foundation of a subject,

or subjects I wish to capture …. The shapes, the colors and how the light interacts with an object or life form. Seeing planet earth as a living, breathing entity, and letting her teach

me to see the art in every day scenes, allowing my creativity to flow unrestricted.


Glory Tree by Olivia Burrage

Glory Tree

Swimming Upstream by Olivia Burrage

Swimming Upstream

What jobs have I done other than being an artist:


I have always loved horses, and began sketching them at an early age, in later years I found myself commissioned to paint them. Over time I managed to get work as a stable hand and groom on a few Thoroughbred training and breeding farms, as well, I managed to get work a short time as a groom at Hastings Park Race Track.

Most of my life’s work was in the commercial sign business, as a commercial signwriter.

This type of work lead me to the B.C. film industry, where I worked on some made for TV shows, and a few major films.

Sunset at Santa Monica Pier by Olivia Burrage
Sunset at Santa Monica Sunset Print
Piccasso by Olivia Burrage

Piccasso Print

Who’s your biggest Artistic Influence?


My adopted Uncle Charley, who worked for Walt Disney as a cartoon animator. And I have many past family members that were amazing artists as well. I have a few past family members who were, not just wonderful artists, they were accomplished British Authors as well. So …I guess you could say, I have a major family influence.


Sometimes I feel like they’re all trying to work through me. Kind of like spirit interference…or help I suppose.


Crimson Sound by Olivia Burrage

Crimson Sound

(marked down from $600 to $300)

Sparkle by Olivia Burrage


(marked down from $200 to $100)

Trying to Grow by Olivia Burrage

Trying to Grow

(marked down to $300)

The Feather by Olivia Burrage

The Feather

Tea Time by Olivia Burrage

Tea Time

Gift of Tulips by Olivia Burrage

Gift of Tulips

From Light to Layers: Vickie Legere Divulges Her Secrets

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From Light to Layers: Vickie Legere Divulges Her Secrets


Who are you and what do you do?

Vickie Legere – I am an educator, portrait, fine art & event photographer.

Why do you do what you do?

I teach to share my passion for the art of photography. I create portraits to empower people and celebrate their unique personal ‘beauty’.  Event photography celebrates our lives & my fine art images reveal the ‘marvelous in the mundane’ – reminding the viewer to see the world with better eyes!

How do you work?

I educate in the classroom (physical or virtual) or in the field. I shoot portraits in studio or on location for all other types of photography. I work in the ‘digital darkroom’ to bring out the best in my images.


Vickie with Camera

Vickie Legere

Into the Light by Vickie Legere

Into the Light

What’s your background? 

I have been fascinated with photography since childhood.  I joined the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club in 1996 and I have been shooting & learning everything I can since then.  I belong to various art groups & international social media groups to keep the creative juices flowing.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

The drive to create & express the passion within us – using whatever medium satisfies that need.

What role does the artist have in society?

  The artist is a healer, a catalyst for change, a keeper of memories – it is our role to remind the world of the beauty within & without and to re-examine our souls upon occasion.  

Wild Spirit by Vickie Legere

Wild Spirit

Rain Forest by Vicki Legere

Rain Forest

What has been a seminal experience?

I was listening to a presentation by photographer, Platon – he has photographed the rich & famous as well as the unknown – creating powerful portraits that do more than ‘tell a story’! He ended his presentation by challenging the audience to ‘do more than just take pretty pictures’!  That was a pivotal moment that resounded in my soul & changed everything for me.

How has your practice change over time?

For many years I was a ‘generalist’ photographer – creating images of whatever caught my interest, often the small, overlooked details of the world around us.   3 years ago, I discovered a real passion for creating portraits, particularly of the over 50 generation, once it was drawn to my attention how little our ‘beauty’ and wisdom is appreciated in this age of social media.  I have been driven to intensely educate myself on all aspects of portraiture & have created V-Art Portrait as a result.  Educating others developed from presentation skills I learned during my government career of 31 years – it was an exciting transition to use those skills to share my love & knowledge of photography with others.

Courage by Vickie Legere


Sunset Silhouette by Vickie Legere

Sunset Silhouette

What work do you most enjoying doing?

Even though it takes more time than it should working in the digital darkroom, what I love the most is the end result.  From the initial inspiration and excitement, planning, timing and the actual shooting through taking that raw image to the conclusion of that initial inspiration.  Which is not always the final result – as I learn more I often go back & re-work an image to improve upon it even more!

What themes do you pursue?

I pursue portrait themes that allow a person to play or make believe, to be seen ‘as they wish to be seen’.  I am creatively drawn to fantasy, steam punk and ‘dark beauty’ themes.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

The 10 year anniversary of my late husband passing away.  I was partnered with 2 painters for a large gallery show and I wanted to create something meaningful and not show just a collection of random images.  I was inspired to create a series of self-portraits depicting the journey of grief – interspersed with fine art images that I created during that 10 year period.  I titled it ‘From Grief to Grace’ – alternating the portraits with quotations about grieving, change and transformation and the fine art images.  As it started to come together, I realized that I had created something very important.  Death & grieving are very uncomfortable topics which we as humans tend to avoid – my show allowed people to be in those moments with my journey and relate it to their own life experiences.   My audience talked, cried & expressed their gratitude for the impact of my show.

Sunset Haze by Vickie Legere
Sunset Haze
Grizzly Cub by Vickie Legere

Grizzly Cub

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I worked 31.5 years for the provincial government (the ‘welfare’ office) – as I progressed on my own personal journey of healing & becoming a better human being, I gave myself the title of ‘Vickie’s Information & Problem Solving Service’.  That was for clients, stakeholders, the public and staff – I loved it and thrived by treating everyone like they mattered!

Why art?

Because our creative souls demand an outlet to express our wonder, our joy, our pain & our curiosity.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

 I see everything as artistic possibilities – storing serendipitous moments & scenes in the photo album of my mind.  If I cannot stop to photograph it, I try to imagine how I might re-create it or incorporate it into an image.  It has taught me to really SEE the world around me and my life is far richer than before the days when I was blind to marvelous.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

 Tears – both from my ‘Grief to Grace’ and ‘Cracked Perceptions’ series.  It told me that my work truly had an impact – my audience expressed appreciation for my courage to share my personal vulnerability as well as leading them to express their own hidden grief and pain.  Even though my viewers expressed pain they also loved the work that truly made them feel something.


Wolf's Eyes by Vickie Legere

Wolf’s Eyes

Reed Reflection by Vickie Legere

Reed Reflection

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it? 

Any life can be lonely – I am an introvert (yes it is true) that expresses herself like an extrovert.  I joined photography groups, local arts groups & stepped up to the plate to volunteer my skills doing the things I love.  One example is my years of volunteering for the Harrison Festival of the Arts – I was doing some of the invisible, behind the scenes work, but was also sharing some of my images of the performing artists.  That lead to creating a photography team for the festival – putting me ‘out there’ interacting with performers, audience & volunteers while I am doing what I love.  I also share a lot of my work on social media – all those ‘likes’ and comments from people all over the world can really give a person a lift in the moment.  I am NOT alone!

 What do you dislike about the art world?

That there is still a lingering attitude the photography is not really art.  I remember being included in two different gallery shows with my ‘music & passion’ series.  In the first show the curator loved the power of my series and it was showcased at the entry of the gallery for its impact.   The series was created specifically to be shown in the second gallery as part of a milestone anniversary scheduled for that year.  That curator reluctantly allowed me to participate only after her first choice had to cancel. I came to realize that this curator saw no value in my work.  My portion of the gallery show was very well received in and my art cards from the show remained in the gallery shop for over a year due to popularity.  It was my first experience with the attitude the photography is really ‘not art’.

What do you dislike about your work? 

Too many hours spent in the digital darkroom.

What do you like about your work?

  I love the joy that my portraits & fine art images bring to the viewer.  I love that some of my series speak to uncomfortable and thought provoking truths.

Should art be funded?


What role does arts funding have?

It supports all types of artistic creation – visual & audio.  The world would be a darker place without it – we humans would wither & die inside without creative expression.

Resisting Change by Vickie Legere

Resisting Change

Bleeding Heart by Vickie Legere

Bleeding Heart

What makes you angry?

People with ‘ugly’ souls who take out their pain & anger on the world around us.

What research to you do?

  All of it is related to becoming better at my craft and a better human being.

What superpower do you have and why?

I inspire others – with my energy, my passion, and my belief that everyone matters.

Name something you love, and why.

Music and dance – before I felt the need to become a ‘creative artist’ – I expressed my internal passion through dance and I still do today.

Name something you don’t love, and why.

Country music (either it whines or it is ‘wanna be rock & roll’.  Right up there is also jazz music – I find it is a disturbing distortion of melody – both grate on my nerves like fingernails on a blackboard.

What is your dream project?

My current dream project is to work with heart transplant patients and survivors. I’ve been asked to celebrate their stories and capture powerful portraits of people & their scars – we are looking at a variety of mediums to carry the message, to inspire & support this aspect of heart disease.

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

Joyce Tenneson, Jerry Ghionis & Sue Bryce

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To create enduring & powerful images becoming a successful portrait photographer.  That goal includes remaining open to new things & being a lifetime learner

What wouldn’t you do without?

Love, my fur babies, my camera & computer.


Peony by Vickie Legere


The Last Leaf by Vickie Legere

The Last Leaf

Who do you think your photography is reminiscent of? Is there another photographer or artist that you would compare it to?

When it comes to portrait photography, I would have to say the work of Richard Avedon really resonates with me.  Back in the 1980’s I subscribed to the Time/Life Photography book series and within discovered the work of many amazing photographers.  As I look back at images of his work, I recognize parallel styles.  Avedon created images of the beautiful, the mundane, the edgy and even the macabre – all themes I find echoed in my own work.

For street photography I was influenced by Henri Cartier Bresson and Lee Friedlander.  Still life influence came from Edward Weston.  Landscape, floral photography was influenced most by members of the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club.


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Who are you and what do you do?

I am Kathy Nay and I am a watercolour and acrylic artist.

How do you work?

I am always looking for inspiration for my paintings.  When I am hiking, on a trip, or just looking out to my backyard, I always have my camera handy so I can take reference photos for future paintings.  Watercolour is an unforgiving medium, so I “think” a lot about my paintings before I even put brush to paper.  With my acrylic artwork, I feel a bit freer.  I can always “correct” any mistakes by painting over areas with titanium white.

What’s your background?

My first formal art instruction for watercolours was with Cheryl Fortier.  This is where I developed my limited palette of colours that I use in both watercolours and acrylics.  Over the years I have taken other workshops with various artists.  Sometimes you just have to go to your studio and paint!

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

I believe it is important to develop your own style as an artist; your style can also change over time.  I would like to think that if someone sees my work in a gallery or online they would recognize it as my artwork.

What role does the artist have in society?

Artists have the opportunity to capture the world around them at a certain point in time.  To share their experience, their point of view of what the world looks like to them.  To tell a story that others can identify with.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

I enjoy doing detailed work.  I love painting images that have strong light and shadow.  


What themes do you pursue?

Right now I am mainly focusing on themes of nature.  With the current situation of COVID, going out into nature has been an escape for many people from the stresses of the pandemic.  I am hoping that my nature paintings will bring people a sense of peace and hope.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

The responses that I appreciate is when a person has a connection to my artwork – how it reminds them of something in their life.  I love hearing the story behind why they have chosen to purchase my artwork.


Favourite or most inspirational place ?

Right now my favourite place would be the ocean – watching and listening to the waves.  Seeing all the patterns and colours as the tide comes in to the shore.  

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“It’s only paper”!  “Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece.”  It’s important for artists to give themselves permission to recognize that not every painting is perfect and some paintings can be looked at as practice for the next “masterpiece”.

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ARTIST EXPOSE: Jessie Somers

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ARTIST EXPOSE: Jessie Somers


What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

When I’m not in my studio, I work fulltime at an outdoor childcare center in Port Coquitlam. I have always enjoyed teaching children and have worked at the Mission Art Gallery leading watercolor classes and day camps. I find it refreshing working with young minds, full of creativity and unafraid to make mistakes. I’m inspired daily by both my work outdoors and the time spent with growing minds.

I also worked at Opus Art Supplies in Coquitlam for several years where I learned so much about different mediums and connected with so many local artists, all in different stages of their art practice.


Oceana by Jessie Somers


Why art?

Art is the truest form of self expression. Be it painting, dance or music, all forms of art are important and nurture the soul.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

For myself, art making is as much about the process as it is about the product. We tend to get caught up in the finished piece, when for me, being in the moment with my materials is the most enriching experience.
Bird on Wood by Jessie Somers

Chickadee on Pine

Reflection Print by Jessie Somers

Reflection Print

What are your favorite mediums to work with?

Watercolour has always been my first love. While working at Opus I discovered Alcohol Inks and Art Resin, which I use regularly on wood panel. Framing watercolour, especially larger pieces, can be an expensive challenge. By learning to apply art resin, I find it eliminates the need for a frame while offering UV protection and an immediacy that you don’t get when a piece is behind glass.

I also greatly enjoy drawing, using traditional materials like graphite, ink and toned paper.
Pink Lemonade Print by Jessie Somers

Pink Lemonade Print

Elegance Print by Jessie Somers

Elegance Print

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

Not lonely, so much as it is challenging. It’s hard not to compare yourself, your work and your progress to others. What’s important is to step back, document everything you create and revisit what you’ve done. Celebrate your successes and ask for feedback. Keep an art journal and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Most importantly have fun!
Minis by Jessie Somers
Bumble, Coastal, Tundra, Bloom
Jellyfish by Jessie Somers

Jellyfish Garden

Professionally, what’s your goal?

I would love to get to a place where I can support myself 100% with my art, and that day may come and it may not. For now I pride myself on making connections with other artists in my community, doing artist demonstrations at Opus and showing my work in galleries all over the lower mainland. I aim for one solo show a year, and have my work available for purchase at Arts Off Main in Vancouver as well as through The Art Hive. Supporting one another is key to growth and enrichment. I have a solo show coming up in November 2021 at The Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre Gallery.

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Salt Spring by Jessie Somers

Salt Spring

Sun Waves by Jessie Somers

Caught in the Waves

Aurora by Jessie Somers


Nocturne by Jessie Somers


In Passing by Jessie Somers

In Passing

Watercolour by Jessie Somers

Sunrise Meridian


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Ted was one of the first artists to join the Art Hive Collective back in May 2020.

His abstract nature and use of chopsticks, washers and other objects made his work stand out from the rest.

Here is more about Ted from his own words.

Who are you and what do you do? 

I’m Edward DeMarsh, I go by Ted, and I’m an artist.

Why do you do what you do?

I find creating to be the most fully satisfying thing to do with my life.  When I wander away into making my living doing anything else, I feel oddly unnatural and strategic in making my way.  When I create, it’s the most natural thing in the world, it flows, so I always return to it.

How do you work?

I often move back and forth from large works to smaller works, and from working in 2 dimensions to working 3 dimensions.  I like the curious effect of when paint sits side by side on the canvas with things like chopsticks and vintage hardware.  It keeps me fresh minded and curious about how it will work.  I’m not one to be too repetitive in my work and working this way keeps me alert and inspired.

What’s your background?

I’m basically an uneducated labourer who is lucky enough to have a personal vision and the ability to express it.  I’ve worked professionally and successfully as a writer, theater director and now visual artist.  I continue to work at them all when it’s right for me or when asked to do so by someone I’d like to work with.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Self honesty. Too express strongly I feel you need to see yourself clearly.  Not always with understanding, but always with honesty.  Know one else has to know what you see, but you do.

What role does the artist have in society?

To contribute beauty or awareness, and for me, it’s best when they arrive together from the artist.  Some artists lean more heavily to one or the other while I always try to combine them when I can.

What has been a seminal experience?

Two things.  An over arching one is that I once had a life that I wished to escape, so I sought a way and creativity was it. The second was standing in a large theater when I was younger waiting for the cast I was directing to arrive.  I was alone and I felt the vastness of the space, that it was a place made to satisfy an audience open to the experience, and that I felt completely at home, happy, and eagerly alive.

Explain what you do in 100 words

I look for the invisible emotional and spiritual currents in my life and what I see in the lives of us all and do my best to make them, with as much sensitivity as I can find in me, visible.  I always fail to express the inexpressible, but I love the perpetual coming close. Colour works sometimes, structure other times, words often. I open myself to their expressive possibilities and then follow them down inside myself.  I often say I throw myself off cliffs and learn to fly while falling.  It’s like that, and I do love to fly.

What art do you most identify with?

I like challenging work of any kind that leans towards beauty to support it and not ugliness.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

In the doing, paper sculpture. It’s a puzzle where you don’t know how the pieces fit until they do. The final works often surprise me, and I love that.  I do love it also when I am tackling a big painted work and it doesn’t get away from me in intent or balance, which can happen.

What themes do you pursue?

‘Recognize and accept a bad situation.  If possible, make it better’. It’s a constant.

What’s your scariest experience?

Being in a river current that was sweeping me away from the boat I had dived off, watching it recede and knowing there was no way to get back to it.  I found a way, but that was just luck.

What’s your favourite art work?

GUERNICA, by Pablo Picasso.  It was printed inside the cover of a high school text book when I first saw it.  It was the first time I understood how art could silently fill my emotions with awe and understanding at the same time.  I couldn’t possibly know what it felt like to be in that place at that time, but thanks to that great artist and great work, I did.  I can’t remember the class, but I’ll never forget holding the text book and continually looking at it.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

In 1992 at the Freddie Mercury concert, David Bowie knelt on the stage in Wembley Stadium in London and prayed The Lord’s Prayer to 72000 hushed people. I understood in a flash that to be open and sincere, to be strong without being hard, was as honest as honest could be, and not frightening. People know what’s moving and uplifting when they are open and given the chance and you show it to them.  I became determined to follow his lead.

Why art?

It never lets me down, always surprises me, and I am as much of a fan of my work as the creator of it.  I also think it’s limitless in materials, colours and ideas. No matter how widely I imagine something, art can fit it in.

What wouldn’t you do without?

A heartfelt connection with others.

Tell us about your experience being a part of the Art Hive Collective?

Being in the growing and evolving Art Hive Collective offers me the chance to experience a number of things I really welcome. To see the work of such a wide variety of other talented artists and to feel grateful that I share with them the aim to put our work out into the world. Though we haven’t had much chance to meet physically, I feel we know each other a little through our work. As is natural, some I relate to more so than others, but I always admire the intentions behind the works. It’s also a real pleasure to like, share, and comment on my peer’s works. It feels like caring, and when it happens for me, to feel being cared for. Also, to be part of a community, and to feel that I am welcome there is just a warm feeling. With many of the artists in the Hive I’m a fan, and feel a success for them is a success we all share. A collective takes its shape from its members, and I’m lucky to be in one that is establishing a strong presence in BC and growing across Canada. Artists have different audiences, and the Hive in its diversity reaches out widely. I’m grateful to be a part.

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Ted DeMarsh

Ted DeMarsh – Artist

Daedalus by Ted DeMarsh


In Winter The Old Ghost Wears Her Rags by Ted DeMarsh

In Winter The Old Ghost Wears Her Rags

If It Exists, It Fits by Ted DeMarsh

If It Exists It Fits

Ready for the Gallery by Ted DeMarsh

Ready for the Gallery

Unlocked Doorway by Ted DeMarsh

Unlocked Doorway

12 Artist and Climbing

The past few weeks have been overwhelming, exciting and so much fun. As of today, The Art Hive has 12 artists added and many more inquiries. I have one more to add and another that sent me more products to add. 

There so far is a jewelry artist (Pamela Hart), a glass artist (Vicki Urbich), a wire tree artist (Bill Cheff), an acrylic pour artist (Jennifer McKay), digital Artist (Tobias Vyseri), Fine Art Artists (Sandra Marshall, Nan Newman, Gail Steel, Collette Pereira), wood and Resin Artist (Corrine Robson) and Photography (Kelly Cushing).

I am including a favorite of mine from each artist to give you a little taste of what you can find at www.thearthivecollective.com

Come take a look and support your local and all handmade artists.

Artwork of

The Art Hive Collective

Kelly Cushing
Vintage White Ford Truck

Collette Pereira
Who Goes There

Pamela Hart
Crazy Lace Agate Wrapped in Copper

Nan Newman
Wild Rose Westerly

Sandra Marshall
Antique Pots

Gail Steel
Frog 2018

Bill Cheff
Copper Tree on Jade

Jennifer McKay
Koi Fish Dreams

Tobias Vyseri
Blue Jay

Vicki Urbich
Fused Glass Poppy

Corrine Robson
Charcuterie Board

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