September 8 – October 13, 2018

These accomplished local artists, teachers and friends return to exhibit together.  This exhibit features oil paintings specializing in landscapes of Vancouver Island, the Interior and the Prairies.

Lloyd Major was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.  He had a flair for art at an early age.  He worked for many years as a sign painter, a wonderfully training for his now detailed artwork.  He also owned art galleries both her in Parksville and also Moose Jaw.  “Since arriving on Vancouver Island, many years ago, I found a love of the natural beauty surrounding us.  After many years, painting and teaching on an almost daily basis, I am now semi-retired, still teaching a day and a half a week, plus still painting daily.  It does not matter how many years one has painted, it is a calling and a joy for me and so I continue to create.  I find a great reward in teaching others my techniques and seeing them progress with the same love I feel”

Judy Maxwell was born in Ottawa, Ontario.  “It was not until I moved to Vancouver Island many years ago that I began painting.  Who knew that taking art classes would open up a whole new world for me.  While in the beginning, it was a hobby, but with the teaching and encouragement of Lloyd Major, painting in oil became a daily practice.  While we, here on the Island, have never-ending reference material, there is beauty everywhere in this country to be painted.  I also have a special love for our time on the prairies”.

Elissa Anthony was born in Ontario and grew up in North Vancouver. She studied to be a graphic artist and received her diploma as a Graphic Arts Technician from George Brown College in Toronto. After graduating she worked in many art-related businesses and spent time travelling and studying in Europe.  In 1997 Elissa moved to Vancouver Island and since then she has flourished and grown as an oil painter primarily in landscapes but segues into large format floral, mixed media, abstractions and funky fun stuff from time to time. Her style usually includes acrylic and oil in the same paintings.  Elissa is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, DeCosmos Fine Arts Society, and a former member of Art 10. Recently Roger’s Chocolates of Victoria purchased 4 of her images for their Canadian Collectors tins. You can see Elissa’s full biography here.