This month we are expecting pieces that showcase local scenes from a number of artists including Jim McFarland, William Watt, and Ken Foster.
As an artist inspired by nature, Jim McFarland lovingly recreates scenes known to many Vancouver Island locals. Originally from Penticton, BC, and now residing in Victoria, Jim enjoys painting en plein air whenever he is able to. He is always striving to capture the real colours and light of the natural world around him, and the soft brushstrokes visible in his style encourages a sense of nostalgia for viewers while offering them a chance to revisit locations they may have grown up with on Vancouver Island.
Coming from an artistic family, William Watt takes inspiration from his mother's work (Frances Harris) as well as the B.C. landscape and all it has to offer. These days you can find William painting en plein air with the Alfrescos, a Victoria based group of landscape artists, and the Plein Air Painters of the Peninsula.
Photographer Ken Foster has called the Saanich Peninsula home for over 30 years. Many of Ken's images feature some favourite local spots from around the Peninsula and beyond. Focusing mostly on the natural world, Ken enjoys finding the perfect shot that makes viewers question whether his work is a photograph or a painting.
While the following artists enjoy painting and working outdoors to capture these scenes, there's no need to brave the elements to see their beautiful work! Simply pop into the gallery and enjoy!