The Pearl Ellis Gallery is presents the work of Carole Goodwin and Jill Paris Rody until Oct. 21.
Goodwin was born in Duncan. Carole has spent her entire life on Vancouver Island, enjoying the inspiring beauty that surrounds her. Exploring the diverse beauty of the island has given Carole a special appreciate for bright pure color. If flower, wood and water is the story her paintings tell, then color is the strong clear voice they tell it in.
Carole’s boldly colored floral and landscape paintings reflect not only just her love of nature, but also her belief in our abiding oneness with all things. Enjoying its many challenges and its clear transparency. Watercolor medium has long been a favoured choice. In recent years her interests have turned toward experimental art. Using a mixed media of collage, gels, gold leaf and acrylics, a new layer of expression has emerged. She is constantly looking for new ways to incorporate textures into her work, always allowing the glow of the gold leaf to add interest.
Carole has participated in many workshops and seminars, enjoying the exposure to many well-known artists from Western Canada and the United States. Her work is featured in the Campbell River’s Sundance Java Coffee Shop and exhibited in Stillwater Books and Art.
Jill grew up in The Willamette Valley area of Oregon, and by marriage, has been a local resident of Oyster River for over 37 years.
She enjoys the rural setting of both the Comox Valley and the waterfront of the Campbell River. Inspired by nature, Jill has a heart for the quiet and peaceful pastoral scenes of the Pacific Northwest, having ridden and owned horses as a teen. She has devoted very serious studio time to her art, both in painting and art instruction.
Colour, texture and line and their subtle nuances intrigue her, and she herself is a perpetual student of the landscape and the emotion it evokes.
Jill is primarily self-taught, through the study of the writings of well-known artists. She has enjoyed the privilege of taking a few classes with other local artists.
“It is impossible for me to work in one medium alone, as each new scene calls for its own expression: The gentleness of watercolour, the boldness of acrylics and the purity of pastel … each of these mediums offer unique interpretations of the artist’s creation.
“As an artist, the eye has no rest. Every new direction in sight reveals yet another image to be explored, and preserved.”
Jill has a style uniquely recognizable in it’s “other-worldliness.” People often say it has a dream-like state. She is currently a feature artist at Campbell River’s Still Water Books and Art.
Jill has been involved with art since childhood, and has taught the practice of art to adults for nearly 20 years. As a long-time instructor her goal is to encourage individual expression in her students, using the theories and techniques required for personal success. She believes every person is endowed with a need to be creative, and can be expressive in art if they have the passion to learn.
Carole and Jill are members of the Campbell River Arts Council, CR Art Gallery, and the Peal Ellis Gallery in Comox. They have teamed up to show their work together, enjoying each other’s company, and complementing one another in their colour palettes beautifully.
Join them as they show their extensive talents at the Pearl Ellis Gallery, with an opening afternoon Oct. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. A draw will be offered at the opening reception Oct. 6 and a second draw on the final day of the show.
The Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays). Admission is free. The gallery is a non-profit public gallery and new members are always welcome.
For details, go to www.pearlellisgallery.com.
— Pearl Ellis Gallery