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Anne Havard

RED DOOR STUDIO

Gabriola Island, BC

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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.

 

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

 

Chrysanthemums by Anne Havard

 

Summer Fireweed by Anne Havard

 

Daffodils by Anne Havard

 

Wild Geranium by Anne Havard

 

Arbutus Abstract by Anne Havard

 

Evening Frost by Anne Havard

 

Brian Boru Mountain by Anne Havard

 

Harold Price Cabin by Anne Havard

 

Call Mountain Sunset by Anne Havard

 

Waiting for Spring by Anne Havard

 

House of Snow and Fog by Anne Havard

 

Occupied by Anne Havard

 

Waiting for Spring by Anne Havard

 

Snowy Swamp by Anne Havard