Anne Havard


Gabriola Island, BC


I was born and raised in Smithers, British Columbia. After finishing high-school there, I struggled to discover what I wanted to do with my life, returning five times to various educational institutions, acquiring too many years of "interdisciplinary" post-secondary education and training, before discovering the artist in myself, at the age of 30.

When I finally did realize that what I wanted to do was paint, in 1985, I took to it with a vengeance and went to live in the hamlet of Atlin, in northern B.C. for nine cold but rewarding winter months. Surrounded by wilderness and cold, I did nothing but paint - under the guidance of respected local artist, Dave Nehring, who taught me a great deal and fired my enthusiasm.

From there I returned to Smithers, determined to make art my career path - and have not looked back since. My inspiration comes mostly from the natural environment around me, and when I first started painting, my work was fairly realistic. As time passes, my work becomes more and more removed from realism as I play with color and composition. I try always to get mood and movement into my paintings, but also love exploring design, pattern and texture. Every time I start a work, something different captures my interest and challenges me. I never really know from one painting to the next what sort of image I'll want to create, and I try to let my intuition guide me.

I've been painting for over twenty-five years now; for two years running, my art was chosen to represent the Northwest Zone of British Columbia in Objects and Images', an annual province-wide juried art exhibition, first in Penticton, and then Prince George, B.C. I have had eight solo-exhibitions in the Smithers area, and exhibited my work all over Northwestern B.C, and in Vancouver, B.C., Waterton Park, Lethbridge and Canmore, Alberta.

I just recently moved to Gabriola Island, one of the 'Gulf Islands between Vancouver & Vancouver Island, and have my second 'Red Door Studio', where I continue to paint, constantly driven to create, using paper, color, composition, pattern, design, and texture.


Tyee Lake from Hi-Road, Winter by Anne Havard


Ice on the Telkwa River by Anne Havard


Winter pastoral by Anne Havard


HBM, -16C by Anne Havard


Bulkley River, with HBM in background by Anne Havard


Winter on the Bulkley by Anne Havard


HBM winter sunset by Anne Havard


The Babines in Winter by Anne Havard


Five Poplars, frozen by Anne Havard


Colored Frozen Waterfalls along the Skeena by Anne Havard


Colored Frozen Waterfalls alont the Skeena by Anne Havard


Bulkley River, dead of winter by Anne Havard


'The Babines, dead of winter' by Anne Havard


The Babines from 'The Hi-Road' by Anne Havard


Cellular Fantasy I by Anne Havard


Cellular Fantasy in Blue by Anne Havard


Cellular Fantasy, Warm by Anne Havard


Big Leaf Maple Abstract by Anne Havard


Tree Lichen by Anne Havard


Tidepool Textures by Anne Havard


Kelp-on-the-Rocks by Anne Havard


Tidepool Reflection by Anne Havard


Raindrops-on-Raindrops by Anne Havard


Lakeside Reflection by Anne Havard


Stream by Anne Havard


Mystic Marsh by Anne Havard


Hankin Lake by Anne Havard


Into the Valley by Anne Havard


Jollymore Road by Anne Havard


Bulkley Valley Cows by Anne Havard


Bits of Color in Driftwood Canyon by Anne Havard


Two Ducks-a-Walking by Anne Havard


White Raven by Anne Havard


Christmas Snowman by Anne Havard


Indian Market by Anne Havard


Dancing in the Moonlight by Anne Havard


Essence of Joy by Anne Havard


Ghostherd by Anne Havard


On-the-Hunt by Anne Havard


Butterfly Bits by Anne Havard


Steelhead by Anne Havard


Christmas PenguinsII by Anne Havard


Cheeky the Llama by Anne Havard


Grasshopper by Anne Havard


Christmas Penguins by Anne Havard


Jack-the-Rabbit by Anne Havard


Colorful Cats by Anne Havard


Chinese Lanterns by Anne Havard