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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.

 

Solo afternoon by Anne Havard

 

Berry Point beach scene by Anne Havard

 

Red Door Studio on Gabriola Island by Anne Havard

 

Rupert Totem-2 by Anne Havard

 

Blue Daisies by Anne Havard

 

Daisy arrangement by Anne Havard

 

Badland Mud by Anne Havard

 

Kleanza Creek by Anne Havard

 

Kleanza Rocks II by Anne Havard

 

Grande Cache Stream by Anne Havard

 

Roger's Pass by Anne Havard

 

Lethbridge Storm by Anne Havard

 

Badland Negative by Anne Havard

 

Horsetails by Anne Havard

 

Very old forest by Anne Havard

 

Dead Log by Anne Havard

 

Spring Flowers II by Anne Havard

 

Spring Flowers by Anne Havard

 

Red Poppy by Anne Havard

 

Devil's Club by Anne Havard

 

Fall Cow Parsnips by Anne Havard

 

Kiseguecla Bracken Fern by Anne Havard

 

Tumbled Thimble Berry by Anne Havard

 

Fall Thimbleberry by Anne Havard

 

Alderbark and purple lichen by Anne Havard

 

Alderbark and green lichen by Anne Havard

 

Lichen by Anne Havard

 

Old Machine Wood by Anne Havard

 

Blackstream Mosaic III by Anne Havard

 

Blackstream Mosaic by Anne Havard

 

Rupert Totem by Anne Havard

 

Daisies by Anne Havard

 

Nasturtiums by Anne Havard