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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.

 

Bohemian Waxwings by Anne Havard

 

Frozen Brook by Anne Havard

 

Fall Firewood by Anne Havard

 

Alpine Autumn by Anne Havard

 

Wet Waterton by Anne Havard

 

Lethbridge Gold by Anne Havard

 

Symphony of Light by Anne Havard

 

Coulee Sunset by Anne Havard

 

Zen of Light by Anne Havard

 

Autumn Leaves by Anne Havard

 

Shoreline steps by Anne Havard

 

Kelp-on-the-Sand by Anne Havard

 

Entrance Island lighthouse through a rock window by Anne Havard

 

Rainforest Trail by Anne Havard

 

Ripples on the sand by Anne Havard

 

Seagulls on Long Beach by Anne Havard

 

Long Beach - 'combers' by Anne Havard

 

Entrance Island, BC by Anne Havard

 

Tidal Flat patterns by Anne Havard

 

Long Beach Sand Patterns by Anne Havard

 

Humps and Bumps, Gabriola shoreline by Anne Havard

 

Long Beach Wave Action by Anne Havard

 

Cavorting Kid by Anne Havard

 

Surreal Wave Action along Long Beach by Anne Havard

 

Beachcomber's Gold by Anne Havard

 

Waves in the fog by Anne Havard

 

Just Waves by Anne Havard

 

Big-Leaf Maple Leaves by Anne Havard

 

Beach Scene, Berry Point, Gabriola, BC by Anne Havard

 

Big Leaf Maple Leaves by Anne Havard

 

Lonely Beachwalker by Anne Havard

 

Berry Point by Anne Havard

 

Berry Point in the Fog5 by Anne Havard

 

Ornamental Grasses by Anne Havard

 

Shells on the Windowsill by Anne Havard

 

Clamshell-on-the-sand by Anne Havard

 

Long Beach Driftwood sculpture by Anne Havard

 

Sand Patterns along Long Beach BC by Anne Havard

 

Loooong Beach by Anne Havard

 

Mossy Mast by Anne Havard

 

Biking-on-the-Beach by Anne Havard

 

Lumps and Bumps along Gabriola's shoreline by Anne Havard

 

Inside the fort by Anne Havard

 

Gabriola Island scene by Anne Havard

 

Reflection of Basket Design by Anne Havard

 

Alpine groundcover - False Hellebore by Anne Havard

 

Alpine Groundcover by Anne Havard

 

Alpine Flowers by Anne Havard