Tuesday 30 April 2024

Member Profile Series ~ Kate Gustin


Member Profile
with Kate Gustin
Kate is delighted to be a member of the Victoria Sketch Club, having joined in 2023 when she moved from California to British Columbia. She enjoys the communal experience of plein air painting and learning from fellow artists.
Born and raised in southern California, Kate spent time each summer camping with her family in the Sierras Nevada mountains. Annual trips to stunning national parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce, Sequoia, Grand Tetons, etc. installed a love of nature in her, which continues to inspire her artwork.

The walls of her childhood home were covered with her mother’s paintings, and created a warm association between art and a sense of family. For Kate, art facilitates connection with others, and she has enjoyed, both as a child and adult, gifting others with homemade crafts and greeting cards.
Kate's undergraduate degree is from Princeton University and she completed doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She's established a rewarding career as a clinical psychologist, working in a range of settings over the past thirty years such as outpatient Psychiatry clinics, Veterans Hospitals, College Counseling Centers, and currently in her private practice in Victoria. Kate integrates the principles of positive psychology into her work with clients and into the trainings she offers other health professionals. She is also a poet and published author, and has been featured on podcasts for her writings about the intersection between psychology and spirituality.
Kate began exploring painting in her thirties. Seeking an immersive and meditative creative outlet, she participated a series of watercolour classes at the local community college. She has since experimented with acrylics and collage, as well as jewelry design.
Kate secured more training in the craft of landscape painting during the pandemic through mentorship with American artist Matt Smith. Though her work has been selected and displayed in juried shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, she considers herself a novice artist. She is always learning, intrigued and, at times, intimidated by the complexities of light and colour, value and composition. She hopes to continue developing and sharing her artwork in the spirit of experimentation and discovery.

Saturday 30 March 2024

Member Profile Series ~ Myra Baynton

Member Profile
with Myra Baynton
I grew up in Victoria and developed an interest in art during High School. After receiving an undergraduate degree from UVIC I spent many years living and working in Alberta. There I developed an interest in pottery, but parenting, work, and school tended to take most of my time and I put painting ‘on hold’. I completed my graduate degrees (MSW, PhD) at the University of Calgary and worked in a variety of sectors:  educational television, healthcare, human resources, and academia. I retired from the University of Calgary a few years ago.

While living and working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, I took a drawing course and re-discovered my love of drawing and painting. Travel has been a major interest and source of inspiration, and I always have a sketch book ready to create a visual journal.    

After Saudi Arabia, we moved to Cork, Ireland where I continued to work. Since returning to Calgary and then Victoria, I have taken a variety of workshops with local artists to learn and develop new ideas and techniques.  I like to experiment with different subject matter and media and am continually trying new ways to express ideas and concepts either realistically or in an abstract form. I like to sketch and paint urban settings as well as scenes of the West Coast. Although my first love is watercolour, I continue to experiment with acrylic and pastels. Being a member of the Victoria Sketch Club provides a wonderful opportunity to continue to learn.   
Next month's Member Profile: Kate Gustin 

Thursday 29 February 2024

Member Profile Series ~ Ken McKenzie


Member Profile
with Ken McKenzie
Some of my earliest recollections are sitting beside my father and watching him paint in pastels. This was my first exposure to art. It would be many years before I would return to further explore this interest.

After art school my creative interests led me into a variety of creative positions.  For 13 years I was with the Hudsons Bay Company (HBC) and eventually worked out of the head office in Winnipeg as the national director overseeing the implementation of the merchandising and visual presentation priorities in the 250 HBC stores across Canada. I eventually left the Bay and started my own design business as a retail sales consultant. At this time I also marketed, conceptualized, designed and installed seasonal decor packages for shopping centres primarily in Manitoba. 

I have also had a keen interest in travelling and have visited 35 countries and travelled by motorcycle in 23 of those countries. Some motorcycling trips have included riding from Germany to Corsica; the UK; Spain to Morocco; Winnipeg to the Copper Canyon in Mexico en route to riding the four deserts of North America; Victoria to Panama City, Panama; and Victoria to Cabo San Lucas.

These trips included many highlights including canyoneering in Utah and trekking to 100’ above Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal to name a few.

Having finally retired, I am now able to devote much more time to my passion for painting. After painting part-time in pastels for 20 years, I am now able to work full time on my art work. My subject matter has included the places that I have visited, however more recently I have focused on capturing the iconic locations from our VSC plein air outings and from other unique locations closer to home. 

NOTE: Ken McKenzie is the Artist in Residence at the Empress Hotel for the month of February. 

Wednesday 31 January 2024

Member Profile Series ~ Agnes Oosterhof


Member Profile
with Agnes Oosterhof
Agnes Oosterhof was born and raised in the Netherlands.  She obtained a BSc in Physical Education, and moved to Hong Kong in the early 1970’s, where both her sons were born. She took portraiture classes in The Hague and downtown HK, and taught at private girls’ schools. 

In 1980 her family moved to Toronto, where she taught for 17 yrs. In the 1990’s she joined the Willowdale Group of Artists. A job opportunity brought her to Victoria, BC, where she was the Principal as well as a  teacher in a small Christian school. She enhanced her certification by obtaining a Master’s degree in Leadership and Administration. 

In the arts field, Agnes enjoys painting (watercolour and acrylics), as well as sketching with pencil, conte and pen. Upon retirement in 2014, she joined the Victoria Sketch Club and was involved as follows:
Program Convenor, EnPlein Air organizer, Newsletter, Show Director 2020 (the show was cancelled due to Covid), Secretary and Show Co-Director 2024.

When she's not creating art, she enjoys visiting with family and friends, gardening, walking, knitting, making digital photo books, as well as being involved in her local church.

Next month's profile: VSC member Ken McKenzie

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