FEATURED ARTIST - NANCY MC PHEE
The Galiano Inn is proud to welcome Nancy McPhee as its featured local artist until May 31, 2022. The artwork displayed here is available for viewing and purchasing in Atrevida Restaurant, Lounge and Private Dining Room. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how to purchase Nancy's work.
Artist bio – Lines and marks, colours and shapes have always been in my remembered life.
From time spent in a grandmother garden, lying over sheets of paper on the kitchen table, school
art classes to the time when I chose to take art courses, I have been entranced with the act of
creation. Pottery and drawing and painting and even gardening, all ways to express oneself.
Words. Movement. Experimentation. Any way to be creative was explored.
I studied drawing with Bettina Lewis, took various painting courses here and there, picked the
brains of many artist friends, take abstract painting courses with Jane Davies, Louise Fletcher,
Pamela Caughey. Some years ago, I was privileged to join a group of women in the Islands
Edge, a cooperative gallery on Galiano Island.
Art that I make is abstract and stems from an inner curiosity based on an image, phrase or a
feeling, which I then let loose on the blank surface in front of me. I am never sure just where it
will take me. Much of my work is inspired by nature, often showing up as abstracted landscapes.,Still learning, still growing. Still drawn to the blank page, the fresh canvas or board.
Artist statement – This collection of work spans several years, starting from the early 1990s.
The paintings reflect the evolution of my art journey through influence and experimentation with
a range of materials and surfaces.
Recently, I have been incorporating collage into the art. This is a way for me to expand or
embellish elements from a variety of sources – both hand made and mass produced – to provide
texture, depth, interest. Texture and colour are included, sometimes incorporating text or letters
and numbers, always striving to follow what I read Gordon Smith once said “paint the emotion
of what you see”. Sometimes the collage stands alone, the intersection of shape, colour and
texture. A few quiet words between the pieces to make a conversation.
Listen closely, you might
hear their whispered murmurings.
I strive to change things up while maintain my artists voice to reflect my reverence for nature.
Quote: “Art is a break for freedom.” David Whyte, poet
Quote: “If you are willing to do something that might not work, you are closer to being an artist”