COLLECTIBLE Whimsical Canadiana
“Tea Preville owns and operates a small studio-gallery in Nelson, BC where she exhibits, paints and mentors. She works primarily in oils painting style she coins ‘Whimsical Canadiana’. Employing the rule of thirds, loose brush strokes and all colour within the same value – this style allows the artist creative freedom.”
Tea Preville catapulted her public artistic adventure in 2010.
- achieved active status with the Federation of Canadian Artists;
- exhibited in a juried Chapter show in Kamloops, BC;
- exhibited in Nelson’s ArtWalk Windows 2010;
- her artwork was broadcast across Canada on CBC’s Ron James Show;
- participated in the 2010 Columbia Basin Cultural Tour;
- exhibited at the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar, BC; and
- was awarded a Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) grant through Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) for her historical landscape project – ‘ Churches Temples & Tipis – 50 Kilometre Radius Spiritual Diet’.
- 2011 – volunteered as treasurer to the Nelson and District Arts Council
- 2012 – became West Kootenay Director for ArtsBC (Assembly of BC Arts Councils)
Upon completion of the spiritual locations – in December 2011 Tea had eye surgery.
Tea considers her new vision a rebirth. To learn and see artistically again – Tea attended a two-week painting intensive in May 2012 in Calgary with celebrated oil artist – Martinho Correia who studied 8 years in Florence, Italy, the European Masters technique of portraiture in oil. Painting ‘tight’ with Martinho was the perfect compliment to Liz Wiltzen’s oil workshop in October 2012.
During 2012, as her eyesight adjusted, Tea worked hard as volunteer treasurer/ad hoc Ed to the Nelson and District Arts Council. Stepping down from the Nelson & District Arts Council, Tea now plans on spending more time in her studios.
The huge body of work – Churches Temples and Tipis is available for viewing on her website www.teapreville.ca