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.


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