June 2 – 29, 2015
OPENING: June 6, 2-5 pm
In keeping with World Ocean Day June 8th,
Dales Gallery is proud to present the wonderful paintings of Judy Mclaren. Her images capture the raw beauty that is ours to preserve and treasure. Alongside Judy’s paintings will be a sculpture by Brent Cooke which is a part of Raincoast Conservation Foundation Art For An Oil-Free Coast initiative, where many local and first Nation artists donated works to support this cause.
A portion of sales will be going to the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
Judy McLaren, B.A., A.O.C.A.
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art (1979), Ms. McLaren honed her skills as an artist/illustrator for 3 years at the Royal Ontario Museum. She has been working as professional artist In Victoria, Saltspring and North Saanich for over 30 years.
She was the Artist-in-Residence at the Fairmont Empress for 7 months in 2012-13, and for the Pacific Baroque Festival in 2015. A regular participant in the Victoria Art Gallery Moss St. Paint-In, McLaren has been included in many local juried shows. She has twice won first prize: “The Unmade Bed”, Sooke Fine Art Show, and “Morning Coffee”, Sidney Fine Art Show. She also won the Sidney Plein Air Paint-Out in 2013.
Although her subject matter ranges from “conversations to cloud formations,” her large seascapes have been dominating her oeuvre for the past few years. She finds in the stormy seas of this coast an opportunity to express through loose and graphic brushwork the energy and passion that typifies her work.
McLaren has exhibited at the Winchester Galleries, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Main St. Gallery, Fran Willis Gallery, Barton Leier Gallery, Apartment Gallery, Artspring Gallery, Maltwood Gallery and the Muse Winery. While at The Empress, she was featured on U.S. Public Radio and in the Globe and Mail. She is also one of the artists included in Robert Amos’s book, ‘Artists in Their Studios,’ published by TouchWood in 2007. Her work hangs in collections in Canada, United States and Europe.
I like to think that being born on a small island off the coast of France and living on a larger island in the Pacific North West has influenced my passion for the ever-changing confluence of planes and surfaces of the ocean. My intention is to engage the viewer both emotionally as well as intellectually. The oceans of the world are precious and we, as a species, have yet to prove ourselves worthy custodians of this jewel of a planet. In my seascapes, I hope to capture the many personalities of the ocean – sometimes calm and reflective, at others boiling and angry and at all times, beautiful.