Vancouver Island Adventures: Margery Blom
JUNE 18 – JULY 26, 2020
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Artist Statement: Vancouver Island Adventures
There is an indescribable, mesmerizing beauty on Vancouver Island that releases all my creativity which has resulted into a collection of oil paintings that I am proud to share with you, welcoming you to my adventures.
Since my arrival in 2013, I have made some very good friends! We are all artists who love the inspirations of this island.We united into a travelling group ready for new adventures in discovering the island.Ann Jaeckel, Susan Schaefer, Rhonda Roy, Mary Unger and I, became ‘The Vancouver Island Adventure Group’!
Our group does not always all travel together, but all of our adventures have lead to this group of my paintings.
A venture out to Rosewall Creek, Spider Lake and Deep Bay were some of the first of many inspiring trips.
The ride on the Frances Barkley up the Alberni Inlet to Bamfield was both educational and breath taking in its subject matter! I highly recommend that trip!
A ferry ride to Denman Island, a ferry to Salt Spring Island and another to Gabriola Island were exciting ‘offshore’ experiences that lead to many new inspirations.
Up the ski lift on Mount Washington to the rushing water of Nymph Falls, to a lovely walk on the trails of Ravensong park and The Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach; all provided me with magical subjects for my paintings.
And sometimes, the view in my own back yard is all the inspiration I need!
On the list of potential adventures was to photograph the ‘Haunted Stone Butter Church’ in Duncan, but upon arrival to the town, through circumstances beyond our control, we never did get to see the ‘ghosts’.
An exceptionally long day of ferry and bus riding to Granville Island was an excursion I will never forget; while it did not result in any inspirations for a painting, it is worth mentioning because it was ‘unique’!
I have many more places I yearn to explore and experience! My list is made and my good friends are ready!
I look forward to starting work on ‘Vancouver Island Adventures II.’
“My paintings are a visual expression and interpretation of what I consider delightful, beautiful, and inviting! My subject matter varies as my inspirations reveal themselves.
Because of its colour, richness, flexibility and texture, oil paint is my medium of choice. When I paint, my intention is to compose an image with colour, emotion and a pleasant mood that invites the viewer to be a part of the work and want to be there.”
Margery was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and later earned her Education degree. She worked as a high school teacher for many years, while never losing her love to create and express herself through her art. She took early retirement and relocated to Vancouver Island where she now works as a full-time painter.
Margery is a representational oil painter, inspired by nature, light and reflection and she has always had a love for the art of the French Impressionists. Margery is an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. She is a resident artist at The Old School House in Qualicum Beach and the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville. Her work is on display in galleries at both of these locations as well as the Gallery at Qualicum Art Supply in Qualicum Beach.