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From Light to Layers: Carol Kent – The Artistic Environmental Warrior

ARTIST EXPOSE: Carol Kent, The Artistic Environmental Warrior

Carol Kent, Canadian Wildlife Artist’s inspiration is clear immediately when you look at her work. This self-taught New Brunswick Artist’s love and adoration she has for nature and wildlife radiates onto her canvas.

Carol is the newest addition to The Art Hive family. Here is a little more about her from her own words.

Who are you and what do you do?

Carol Kent from Bloomfield, Kings County in New Brunswick – I am a pastel artist specializing in animal portraits both wild and domestic.  I identify myself as an emerging artist as I have only been painting full time for about 15 months.

Why do you do what you do?

I feel that I am finally doing what I have wanting to do my whole life.  Every day, I am so excited to see what will be created on my easel.

How do you work?

A typical day for me is heading up to my studio in the upper level of my home.  I work from a reference photo, usually found on one of my free artist reference photo groups or my local photography group.  Usually, I will sketch out the photo then transfer it onto my pastelmat by coloring the back with pastel and tracing it onto my pastelmat page. I work on a tabletop easel with a magnifying lamp.  I use pastel pencils as my medium, they provide beautiful detail and are very easy to blend and layer for the effects I strive for.


New Brunswick Artist, Carol Kent

Carol Kent

Plum's Promise by Carol Kent

Plum’s Promise

What’s your background?

I am a self-taught artist.  I have always been creative.  Honestly, I don’t remember a time when I was young when I wasn’t drawing animals. When I was a teenager, I had some of my bird drawings published in the Nova Scotia Bird Society magazine.  I had a teddy bear making business for quite a few years using my own pattern and recycled fur coats. I have dabbled in painting with acrylics, needle felting, and sculpting with clay, but once I found pastel pencils, I have not wanted to work with anything else.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Inspiration.  I get my inspiration from nature.  I look for images that invoke an emotional response.  The beauty of nature never ceases to amaze me.


Curiosity by Carol Kent


The Fisherman by Carol Kent

The Fisherman

What’s your most embarrassing moment?   

When I was in High School, I was chosen with a few of my classmates to go on a field trip to Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia.  We were on a guided tour along the beach and the guide told us that particular area was a spot for sea turtles to lay their eggs.  He told us that if you put your head on the sand, you could hear the baby turtles digging their way out.  Of course, I dove to the ground with my ear to the sand then heard the guide say, “umm, there aren’t any now, its October.”  Sigh.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist? 

My first job was working in a greenhouse that grew millions of baby trees, I spent hours planting and transplanting seedlings.  I worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service banding shorebirds and doing field research in local marshes.  I was involved in marketing and directed a Waterfowl Festival for 3 years and finally just retired from being an activity director in a Senior Care Facility.

Thank You Hooman by Carol Kent

Thank You Hooman!

Sunrise Surprise by Carol Kent

Sunrise Surprise

What is your artistic outlook on life? 

My outlook is to make the best of each day.  Sometimes, health or family issues seem to take control of things, but if I can accomplish bringing into the world a little bit of beauty for others to enjoy then that makes it all worthwhile. Certainly, I am also committed to increasing awareness of our native wildlife and the perils of climate change.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I really have been overwhelmed with the responses I have received from my work.  Some have been critical, which I love because it helps me to grow and develop new skills. But I think one of the most memorable was “I love seeing miracles happen like this” when referring to one of my pieces.  That blew me away!

Is the artistic life lonely?

What do you do to counteract it?  I don’t find the artist life lonely.  I am a bit of an introvert anyway, so I prefer being locked away in my studio for hours on end.  It makes me happy.


Skepticism by Carol Kent


The Catch by Carol Kent

The Catch

What makes you angry? 

Complete disregard for the environment.

What is your dream project?

Have the walls of a gallery filled with my work for everyone to see.

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

I have two artists that I look up to and who I would love to be compared to someday.  Robert Bateman and Alex Colville.

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

Best advice ever given to me was Don’t Give Up!  If something isn’t working the way you want then step away for a bit then come back with fresh eyes.  You tend to see things that you missed before and will be able to rework it until you are happy with it.  I have only given up on one piece of work so far.  I’m pretty proud of that!

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To become rich and famous of course!  But seriously, if I can become successful enough to pay off some dept and become self-sufficient with my art then I will be achieving my desired goal in life.

What wouldn’t you do without?

My family, access to nature and my pastel pencils.


The Watcher by Carol Kent

The Watcher

The Shaman by Carol Kent

The Shaman

From Layers to Light – Wendy Palermo’s Spiritual Connection with Nature

ARTIST EXPOSE: Wendy Palermo


From Layers to Light – Wendy Palermo’s Spiritual Connection with Nature


Who are you and what do you do?

I am a Canadian artist who has been painting in the Niagara Region in Ontario for over 40 years. I am a self-taught artist who worked as a memorial designer at a local monument company where I created many creative monuments for dignitaries and local families. In 1989, I received a prestigious award from the Monument Builders Association of North America for best design.

I have also received some awards for my artist abilities and have received 1st and 2nd place awards at local shows for my works in drawing and watercolours.

I now enjoy working in acrylic painting and creating landscapes that have a spiritual connection to the land we live on.

Huddled Canoes by Wendy Palermo

Huddled Canoes

How do you do what you do?

I primarily painting with acrylic paint on Canvas or Wood and enjoy plein-air painting when time permits. Most of my work I try to capture the light that falls on the various subjects.

How do you work?

I will often go walking to various towns or rural areas to find my next painting. I will gather a lot of photos of the area before settling on one idea. Then I will either paint on site or in my studio and plan out my composition and colour pattern. Once that is done, I begin to paint the painting.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

I think it is important to develop a concept or message that you are trying to convey so that all decisions after that relate back to your initial concept/message.


Just Around the Corner by Wendy Palermo

Just Around The Corner

The Tool Shed by Wendy Palermo

The Tool Shed

What role does the artist have in society?

I think artists can have an impact on society by engaging the community in thoughtful discussions about the issues of the day. Many of my works show you the beauty in nature and that this treasure may be lost due to human’s impact on the world. My hope is that you appreciate the landscape more because of my works.

What has been a seminal experience?

I had taken a break from my art because I needed to reinvent myself and figure out who I was and what I needed to do. After going back to school and helping my family grow and returned to my art and discovered that I was better and enjoyed it more because I understood who I was and what was important to me (family, nature, art).

How has your practice change over time

I believe my works have a explored the beauty of Canadian Lands. I believe this is important as many of us go through life without appreciating the world around us. It is my hope that bringing attention to the landscapes that a greater interest in preserving the land on which we borrow.

Great Day for Fish by Wendy Palermo

Great Day for Fish

Falling Waters by Wendy Palermo

Falling Waters

What art do you most identify with?

Many of the artists that identify with are American artist, John Singer Sargent, Canadian artist Mary Pratt. Both artists works have a glow to the colours they use and John Singer Sargents brushwork is something I strive to achieve.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

I enjoy doing art outdoors and celebrate the moments of time that I can achieve this. With busy and hectic schedules, it is not always easy to find the time but there is nothing like painting outdoors to capture the energy of the scene.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

Once memory that stands out is that from a very young age, I was often seen tearing paper, or colouring.

What themes do you pursue?

I primarily work to present the Canadian landscapes and try to capture the beauty around us.

Trio of Canoes by Wendy Palermo

Trio of Canoes

What’s your favourite artwork?

Usually the most recent painting I am working on is my favorite probably because I learned from my past paintings and try to do better.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

I have often stopped mid conversations to capture a scene or pull over on the side of the road while driving to draw a sketch or take photos for my art.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

As mentioned previously, I was a memorial artist who created personalized monuments for peoples whose family member recently past. This was a family business, and I took over all the drafting and creative aspects of the job when my grandfather retired.

I currently work at the local college to place recreation therapy students in the community to complete the required experiential learning. My ability to be adaptive, flexible, and creative talents lend them to my paid position and my hobby.

Why art?

I come from a line of creative people.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

Appreciating the world around you, the colours the people the surroundings that most people pass by.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Many of my customers appreciate the work because it reminds them of places they were or places they would like to be. I often paint calm scenes and many people express that is what they see in my works.

What food, drink, song inspires you?

Jazz and Blue is great to paint to

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

Visiting with my colleagues when life permits.

Lily Pad Pond by Wendy Palermo

Lily Pad Pond

Pond Beauty by Wendy Palermo

Pond Beauty

What do you dislike about the art world?


That it seems to be less interest and appreciation for art now that digital photography makes it easy for everyone to have an image enlarged. What they don’t realize is that an exact copy is not the same as a painting.


What do you dislike about your work?

I would like to paint my loosely and I try to achieve this in every work I do. Sometimes I successful and sometimes I’m not.


What do you like about your work?

I love the colour blue and those are the paintings that speak to me the most.


Should art be funded?

Yes, with less and less people buying are it should be something that the government should sponsor as part of the cultural heritage.


What role does arts funding have?

To help not only new artists but established artists.


What is your dream project?

To be able to provide a large scale series to support those in need. Either to create a series of paintings for seniors in long term care homes or to help with funding for to support programs for people with additions and mental health issues.


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



What wouldn’t you do without?

Opportunity to be creative. 


Catching the Wind by Wendy Palermo

Catching the Wind

Retired by Wendy Palermo


From Light to Layers – Jocelyn Bichard – Nurse to Artist

 Jocelyn comes to The Art Hive from the East Coast of Canada. She joined us at the end of 2020. 

She has just sent us a swack of new artworks, originals and prints. Find out a bit about this wonderful artist from New Brunswick, Canada. 


ARTIST EXPOSE: Jocelyn Bichard


Who are you and what do you do?

I am a maritime artist  living in New Brunswick Canada. I paint mainly Watercolor and Pastel but also do some mixed media.

I paint things I love or that I find inspiring as I wish for others to see the beauty I see.

How do you work?

I usually work in studio from a photo I have taken or a photo that has been taken for artist use. I do also work plein air when the weather allows.

Once I have my drawing or photo transferred to the type of paper or canvas I am working on  I then begin with my painting . I sometimes use a thumb nail sketch to work out my tones but not always.

 I tend to work all over the painting and have it come together as a whole as opposed to some artist I see work on one area at a time. If I am doing watercolour I usually work on more than one to allow drying time. If I am doing an animal of course the eyes come first. I am usually intimidated with backgrounds so I am now trying to do those first.

I used to just pick my colors as I go but now I plan my palate ahead.


What’s your background?

 I did not start painting until later in life as the small area I grew up in did not offer art in school. I have always been interested in art but never attempted anything since I painted Liquid embroidery . (Artex) with my mom when I was in high school. In 1992 I took a few classes for help doing a portrait of my parents for their fiftieth anniversary. I have taken local workshops with both a watercolorist and a pastelist but most instruction has been through books. 


Tenerife Parrot by Jocelyn Bichard

Tenerife Parrot

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

What I believe is integral to an artist is the way they see color!


What role does the artist have in society?

I feel an artist can give society as a whole a fresh way of looking at the world that they have not taken the time to look at something like that. Look outside the box not just in it. Perhaps that was what Picasso was trying to show us!


What has been a seminal experience?

I have been fortunate to have travelled and viewed a lot of art and feel it has inspired me to see the way I do.


Neals Yard London by Jocelyn Bichard

Neals Yard London

Italian Stairway by Jocelyn Bichard

Italian Stairway

What art do you most identify with?

The art I mainly identify with are wildlife artists but I also like landscape so I would say Robert Bateman.

 I love painting animals but I also love flowers!


What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

My strongest childhood memory of art was a young boy who I went to school with who could draw wonderful portraits. I envied him even though he was poor and often picked on by other students. I remember on essay I wrote on War of The Roses and the wounded Knight I drew on the cover page that I was very proud of.


What themes do you pursue?

You will find my work is more realism and is nature based.

Sunflowers by Jocelyn Bichard

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I have been a Registered nurse since 1975 and worked in Corrections from 1981 to 2006 when I went to community nursing. I retired four years ago but still work casual. While working at Saint John Correctional Center I encouraged many talented artists there with they art work and have some of their art. I also did an exhibit called behind the Tracks showing their visual works and poetry.


Why art?

Art is Beauty and Beauty is Art!

My art is often admired but not as often purchased as my prints.


What food, drink, song inspires you?

I love Caribbean music like David Rudder, Bob Marly or most Rasta. I also love Master KG Jerusalema! Love a beat! It goes great with Rum, Pepsi and lime.


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

I do not find being an artist a lonely life. I have lots of artist friends and often get together to paint with one.


What do you dislike about the art world?

The one thing I do not like about the art world is that certain galleries look down on artists that are not formally trained but often if you ask artists who have gone to college or art school they feel some of their talent or spirit was squashed by attending formal training.


What do you like about your work?

I enjoy doing my art and enjoy when people like it.

Boats on the Bay Print by Jocelyn Bichard

Boats on the Bay Print

Renforth Lighthouse Print by Jocelyn Bichard

Renforth Lighthouse Print

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

My best piece of advice I learned in Sunday School. Let your little light Shine!


Professionally, what’s your goal?

My professional goal is to sell more of my art and to influence my grandchildren.


What wouldn’t you do without?

I am finding it difficult to feel inspired with out travelling. There is beauty everywhere but Travel is in my Soul.


What’s your favourite art work?

My favorite paints are Monet’s, The Flowered Garden and   The Water Lily Pond Aka Japanese Bridge.


Irises 2 by Jocelyn Bichard

Irises 2

Pink Peony by Jocelyn Bichard

Pink Peony

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