Sandra Irvine

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Growing up in Northern BC I developed a strong attachment and appreciation for wild, remote places. Although I always had an affinity for doodling, I did not discover painting until I took time off from my teaching career to start a family. After enrolling in a watercolour class I began to notice the intricacies of nature in a new way. I have been developing my artistic skills since that time, while raising my family and working part-time.

I have taken numerous painting workshops since my fascination  began as well as courses related to art history, the teaching of art, and drawing at Simon Fraser University.

I am drawn to the transparent quality of watercolour and its ability to simulate the natural world through its unpredictable nature and flowing qualities. I like to layer transparent pigments in my paintings to create an optical mixing of colors. Recently, I have discovered that pouring transparent colors is an interesting way to simulate light in nature. It also adds an extra air of excitement and anticipation to every painting situation.

My subject matter includes scenes that have impressed me with their power and mystery. Often I choose to paint mountain and winter scenes and there is an abundance of subject matter just outside the front door in Nelson.

I have exhibited throughout BC and participated in many juried Federation of Canadian Artists shows. I am an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists . My work  was also selected for Where the River Ran РThe Story of the Peace River. I have also participated in Artwalk in Nelson several times.

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